WHEN MARK WAHLBERG BROUGHT HIS BOYHOOD FRIENDS TO THE SET OF A FILM HE WAS IN, THEY WANTED TO STEAL THE CAMERA � "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY
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Mark Wahlberg, the Hollywood actor and producer who started out as a thug on the streets of Boston, says the first time he brought his boyhood friends to the set of a film, they wanted to steal the camera. Wahlberg tells this story to Lara Logan in a profile to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Nov. 21 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Wahlberg is still loyal to his old Boston buddies, a scenario that led to the idea for the hit HBO series "Entourage," which he executive produces. So when he was filming "The Perfect Storm" with George Clooney in Massachusetts, he invited the old Boston crew to the set. "It was the first time I shot a movie in Boston�they're looking at the cameras and all the equipment and they're like, 'What's one of those things worth?'" Wahlberg tells Logan.
So he answers them. "One of those Panavision cameras? It's probably like $250,000. And they're like 'Oh, my God, we're going to steal this thing.'" Then Wahlberg had to lay down the law. "First of all, you can't steal that off the movie. Okay? We're shooting. We need this thing to shoot. But second of all, where are you going to sell a Panavision camera? To George at the corner store?" he says he told them, referring to an old neighborhood deli. Watch a clip.
Wahlberg takes Logan back to his old stamping grounds in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, where she meets the Catholic priest who had a hand in setting Wahlberg straight. The Rev. Jim Flavin recounts an early flair for acting exhibited by Wahlberg while asking for leniency in one of his court appearances. On the way out of court, says Fr. Flavin, "He looked at me and winked and I said, you little bugger, that was an Academy Award performance."
Wahlberg is hoping to get a shot at his first Academy Award for his upcoming role as a boxer in "The Fighter," a film he is also producing. 60 MINUTES goes to his Beverly Hills Home where he shows Logan the professional boxing ring he set up so he could train. "I didn't want to look like an actor who could box, I wanted to look like a boxer who could win the world title," he tells Logan.
60MinutesOvertime.com on Sunday will feature a story about Wahlberg's "entourage" who were hanging around when 60 MINUTES cameras were shooting.