You probably know Mark Wahlberg from his roles as an on-screen hardass who doesn’t take any b.s. from anyone, and beats the crap out of the bad guys who have it coming. But did you also know that he was once an IRL hardass who beat the crap out of innocent guys who didn’t have it coming?
In 1998 when he was 16, Wahlberg, who as you may have heard, is from the mean streets of Dorchester, MA, the Boston of Boston, assaulted a man he attempted to rob outside of a convenience store. The man was blinded in one eye by the attack. The soon-to-be underwear model spent 45 days in jail for his crime.
But now, he says, he wants the conviction expunged from his record.
“I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as for any lasting damage that I may have caused the victims,” he explains in pardon application with the Massachusetts Board of Pardons, NECN reports. “Since that time, I have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen so that I can be a role model to my children and others.”
“My hope is that, if I receive a pardon, troubled youths will see this as an inspiration and motivation that they too can turn their lives around.”
You see that, troubled youths? You too can go from a life of crime to a life of making terrible movies and being paid outrageous sums of money for it. It’s a truly inspirational tale. Now go out there and punch some more asshole in the face to get started on your journey.