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With the release of his latest film Broken City imminent, the Hollywood star talks about jail, church – and the advantage of real-life experience in acting

Mark Wahlberg lolls at the table in the hotel conference room, his muscled forearms folded across his chest, every inch the successful young buck at play. Seated beside him is a middle-aged man with cerebral palsy and a crooked grin. "This is Howard," says Wahlberg by way of introduction. "He's like my spiritual guru." Right from the start it is clear that the interview will not run along conventional lines.

On balance, and with the benefit of hindsight, I'd take an audience with Mark Wahlberg over most other Hollywood A-listers: the ones who are smooth like snake-charmers and the ones who are closed like clams. In person, by contrast, the star of Boogie Nights and The Departed is brash, bawdy and perilously incorrect – a Boston »

- Xan Brooks

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