Exclusive interview – Mark Wahlberg talks about his new film FATHER STU and what it means to him

Exclusive interview – Mark Wahlberg talks about his new film FATHER STU and what it means to him

The new movie FATHER STU opens this week from Sony Pictures, telling the true story of Stuart Long, a man lacking guidance and purpose who finds both through God, against incredible odds to boot. This is very much a passion project for accomplished actor Mark Wahlberg, who has been fighting for six years now to get this film made. Some may not realize it, but Wahlberg is a very spiritual man, and his faith is quite important to him. While most are used to seeing him play tough guy roles, or jumping around in action movies, the movie FATHER STU is more the type of production he genuinely wants to make. And I’m happy to say it’s excellent, I was quite moved and impressed with the end result. I had a chance to sit down with Mark last month and chat briefly about the film. Check out our exclusive interview below to get some perspective on what this film means to him, and look for the movie hitting theaters this week.

Based on a true story, Father Stu is an unflinchingly honest, funny and ultimately uplifting drama about a lost soul who finds his purpose in a most unexpected place. When an injury ends his amateur boxing career, Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg) moves to L.A. dreaming of stardom. While scraping by as a supermarket clerk, he meets Carmen (Teresa Ruiz), a Catholic Sunday school teacher who seems immune to his bad-boy charm. Determined to win her over, the longtime agnostic starts going to church to impress her. But surviving a terrible motorcycle accident leaves him wondering if he can use his second chance to help others find their way, leading to the surprising realization that he is meant to be a Catholic priest. Despite a devastating health crisis and the skepticism of Church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his vocation with courage and compassion, inspiring not only those closest to him but countless others along the way.

Website: https://www.FatherStuMovie.com

Social links: https://www.facebook.com/FatherStuMovie



And if you haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer:

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About the Author

Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.