Mark Wahlberg says he spent ‘millions’ of his own money on new religious film: ‘This is God choosing me’

Mark Wahlberg has opened up in regards to the private funding he made to get his new film Father Stu made after failing to safe monetary backing.

Father Stu tells the true story of Stuart Lengthy (performed by Wahlberg), a boxer who turned a Catholic priest whereas battling a progressive muscle dysfunction referred to as inclusion physique myositis.

Talking to Insider, Wahlberg revealed that he spent “millions and millions” of his personal {dollars} to carry the movie to the massive display, impressed by his co-star Mel Gibson who invested $30m (£23m) in The Ardour of the Christ to assist finance it.

“Well, I’m always willing to bet on myself,” the actor mentioned of his choice to self-finance.

Wahlberg mentioned he confirmed the script to some potential buyers however, in the end, they didn’t get it. “Some people thought it was depressing because he’s sick at the end. They didn’t see the heart and the emotion and, ultimately, how inspiring it is,” he mentioned.

Talking of his inspiration from Gibson, Wahlberg added: “So I felt Mel had done it with The Passion, maybe I try it. And if I did find someone to finance, then that’s a whole other conversation because typically the person cutting the check also has notes and wants to be involved in the process.”

Requested how a lot he’d invested within the film, Wahlberg mentioned: “Let’s just say I put millions and millions of dollars into the film — and then incurring other costs because we went over schedule in production, and there are clearances for the music.”

The Transformers star stipulated that a few his buddies had additionally made small investments within the film.

Wahlberg, who’s a religious Catholic himself, added that he couldn’t take credit score for the film’s success “because this is God choosing me to make the film”.

“He [God] knows finally I get to utilise all the talents and gifts that have been bestowed upon me for his greater good and to serve my part in his big picture. I mean, I prayed every day about getting this film made.”

Elsewhere in the identical interview, Wahlberg revealed he’s needed to transfer church buildings a number of instances as a result of he saved getting pitched film concepts.

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