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Mark Wahlberg's Catholic Priest Told Him No 'Brokeback Mountain'

That Mark Wahlberg turned down a role in Brokeback Mountain has been written about. Said Wahlberg in a 2007 interview:

Wahlberg  "I met with Ang Lee on that movie, I read 15 pages of the script and got a little creeped out. It was very graphic, descriptive - the spitting on the hand, getting ready to do the thing. I told Ang Lee, 'I like you, you're a talented guy, if you want to talk about it more...' Thankfully, he didn't...I didn't rush to see Brokeback, it's just not my deal... Obviously, it was done in taste - look how it was received."

Now, the National Enquirer reports that Wahlberg turned down the role on the advice of his priest:

"The 38-year-old reformed bad boy relies on his closest confidante and longtime religious mentor, the Rev. James Flavin, to help him pick and choose his parts. 'Mark is a practicing Catholic, and he never makes a final decision on a starring role until Father Flavin gives his OK,' an insider revealed to The Enquirer. 'Mark says he owes his career to Father Flavin.' ... 'Father Flavin pushes Mark to honor his religious roots,' said the source. 'Even though Mark was offered one of the leads in Brokeback Mountain, he passed because of the gay subject matter, which clashes with Catholic doctrine.'"

Of course, playing a coke and meth-addicted hustler with a 10-inch penis in Boogie Nights was fine.

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  1. I think everyone needs to remember The Enquirer reported this

    Posted by: John Normile | Apr 28, 2010 12:52:50 PM

  2. His priest? According to his priest, he has no relationship with this douche...barely knew him, and doesn't now. Marky mark created this priest relationship (the scandal!) to craft his image as a hypocrite. He's a talentless thug.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 28, 2010 12:55:27 PM

  3. Chill out. So what, the man is Catholic? He missed out. That's how I look at it. Jake took the role, or Heath, and made it Hollywood legend. What has he made that was so culturally important as that film? I remember when they reviewed it in the Christian-Science monitor. They didn't approve, but they didn't shoot it down either. He probably regrets turning it down now, but in all honesty I am glad he didn't take it. Not that I am mad he didn't it over homophobia, but rather that I don't think his talent is that strong. I saw him in that movie as the cop who was shot in the face, and in the Departed: he can play antagonistic very well, a hot guy, sure, but someone as flawed as Ennis del Marr? Yeah, no.

    Posted by: davii | Apr 28, 2010 12:57:12 PM

  4. He's a shitty actor with no depth at all. All he is good for is thug roles. Anytime he's asked to be anything but angry or elated he can't step up. Did you see The Lovely Bones? What a mistake to cast him as the long-suffering father. His insincerity was palpable and HE'S A FATHER in real life. You would think that just that alone would offer him experience enough to draw from, but nooooo, he couldn't muster the emotional complexity of a paper bag.
    He probably is another Catholic hypocrite but that aside the worst part of it all is his inability to act.

    Posted by: tooboot | Apr 28, 2010 12:58:07 PM

  5. He was creeped out because of a graphic sex-scene? Would he have been even remotely creeped out if the sex-scene had been a heterosexual one? I love it when homophobes try to sound less homophobic by making up excuses, only to sound quite homophobic in the end, anyway.

    Posted by: Philip Wester | Apr 28, 2010 1:10:57 PM

  6. I'm not defending him, because if this story is true then he's obviously an idiot. But (gay blasphemy to follow) I wasn't crazy about Brokeback Mountain, and I could see him doing a decent job in it. So shoot me.

    Let's also not forget that Heath Ledger apparently had panic attacks about doing the movie (before, during, and after), so it's not like everyone involved was super gung ho or gay friendly.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 28, 2010 1:11:55 PM

  7. I wonder what kind of "skeletons" he's hiding in his "closet". Here we have another self-proclaimed devout Catholic, just like Mel "EtOH" Gibson. And they accused the LGBT of indoctrinating the young. Mark Wahlberg was a thug and now, he's simply a thug with money and he's giving it away to one of the biggest scam family.. The Catholic Church.

    Posted by: ChadSF | Apr 28, 2010 1:12:03 PM

  8. Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute.

    First of all, you people are surprised that a priest would advise against such a role? Really? Are you surprised when summer follows spring?

    And as for Wahlberg -- or any actor, for that matter -- why is it somehow confrontational or unacceptable or politically questionable that he is uncomfortable with the idea of performing gay love scenes? What has that got to do with anything? Do you really expect all straight actors -- or all straight people, for that matter -- to be comfortable with the idea of gay sex? That, my friends, is never going to happen nor is it the point of any political or social evolution.

    Demanding that the straight majority accord gay people social dignity and equal rights under the law is the point, not that they are suddenly comfortable with physical endeavors that don't feel natural to their own bodies.

    Broaden your own minds, people, before you demand that others broaden theirs.

    Posted by: Rascal | Apr 28, 2010 1:15:32 PM

  9. Well when they finally get around to producing "Circling the drain: the Mark Wahlberg story," I'm sure any actor they find to portray him will have similar issues... with playing a gay man and all.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 28, 2010 1:16:49 PM

  10. I think people are conveniently ignoring a phrase in article here..."reformed bad boy"
    He has made no statement condemning his Calvin Klein days or his gay club performances nor did he say "I turned it down because my pastor told me to" so just chill everybody. It's "The Enquirer" people.

    Posted by: SSCHIEFRSHA | Apr 28, 2010 1:26:04 PM

  11. Well it's certainly manly to let someone else make your important decisions for you.

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 28, 2010 1:27:31 PM

  12. How about all the kids he had out of wedlock? Is the priest accepting of that and living together before marriage?

    Posted by: Tim | Apr 28, 2010 1:33:34 PM

  13. If they had cast him (as Ennis, I'm guessing), they probably would have had to cast someone else as Jack, since Wahlberg is noticeably older than Ledger and Gyllenhall were.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Apr 28, 2010 1:37:59 PM

  14. wonders about M. Wahlberg's relationship with Father Flavin. What a load of crap. Like others here, it makes one question over and over the hypocrisy of playing a coke-head, big-dick, promiscuous, hetero porn-star while cringing at the idea of playing a conflicted, closeted but very decent gay cowboy. Ya know something, Markie? You lost me on this one. You are nothing but an asshole. And not a very classy one at that.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 28, 2010 1:41:00 PM

  15. In his defense he claims to have rejected his past, so this is not inconsistent of him. He is also a convert (I thought he was Jewish), so probably more defensive about his choices, and he's basically blaming the priest for making him look bad to the gay community--which ain't too classy.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 28, 2010 1:47:12 PM

  16. I suspect Annie Proulx or either of the producers said hell no to this talentless actor ruining either character. Had nothing to do with some words from a child rapist priest.

    Posted by: Jersey | Apr 28, 2010 1:52:22 PM

  17. I wonder if Mark Wahlberg got his priest's okay before he beat and blinded a couple of Vietnamese men while yelling racial slurs (including "you "Vietnam fucking shit") at them? Mind you, this was not something he did in a movie--it was an actual crime for which he was convicted and sent to prison ( As a juvenile, he also was part of a gang who throw rock and yelled slurs at a group of black children. Seriously--there is plenty of evidence already that Wahlberg is the worst kind of bigoted thug, and to hide his bigotry behind religion makes it that much more shameful.

    Posted by: Thomasina | Apr 28, 2010 1:54:50 PM

  18. @Rascal

    "Do you really expect all straight actors -- or all straight people, for that matter -- to be comfortable with the idea of gay sex?"

    No, I expect them to be comfortable _enough_ not to turn down gay roles. As a gay man, I certainly wouldn't have a problem with "straight" roles.

    Posted by: Eugene | Apr 28, 2010 2:01:49 PM

  19. That priest probably wanted Marky so bad. As well as most of those hot south boston reeking-of-testosterone boys.

    Posted by: JT | Apr 28, 2010 2:09:09 PM

  20. I don't think he's a convert, anon. I read he was Swedish (thus the last name), Irish, and French Canadian. Born Catholic.

    Posted by: JT | Apr 28, 2010 2:12:12 PM

  21. No wonder Mark Wahlberg's movies suck so much.

    Posted by: db | Apr 28, 2010 2:13:25 PM

  22. As I recall, the only same-sex encounters in the movie occurred in a tent or the kiss outdoors. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    I could kiss anyone for a paycheck. If he's scared of being perceived as gay for playing a role, that makes Gyllenhall look a whole lot ballsier.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 28, 2010 2:32:15 PM

  23. I have a problem with people who are normally good and kind serving and supporting the Vatican status quo. I come from this background and find that most RC families are more tolerant within their own families. This is only my observation. I love my family regardless but I'm lucky to have their support even if it is in an DADT format.

    Posted by: richard s | Apr 28, 2010 3:41:48 PM

  24. I hope the National Enquirer is making that up. If not, how does Marky Mark rectify the fact that he had 3 kids with his then girlfriend - yes, out of wedlock bastards - and premarital sex with this Catholic faith? Me thinks he doth protest too much.

    Posted by: B-rod | Apr 28, 2010 3:50:37 PM

  25. BEHOLD...the Prince of Douchebaggery...

    Another unsurprising revelation from an uneducated rube blessed with great management. I wouldn't piss on him if he were on fire.

    Posted by: wtf | Apr 28, 2010 4:04:08 PM

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