In Conversation With... Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg has had a remarkable acting career over the past 20 years, appearing in films by Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, and David O. Russell, but his emergence as a producer who plays by his own rules has transformed him into the ultimate Hollywood success story.

Acclaimed actor, award-winning producer, and enterprising businessman — if Mark Wahlberg didn't exist, Hollywood would have to invent him.

His early acting work rapidly revealed his sophistication and magnetism, and by age 30 Wahlberg had already appeared in some of the finest American films of the last quarter century, such as David O. Russell's Three Kings and Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights. Subsequent roles have included an Oscar-nominated performance in Martin Scorsese's The Departed and his unforgettable work in Russell's The Fighter.

This one-time dark horse is now an influential producer for both film (Lone Survivor) and television (Entourage, Boardwalk Empire). A powerhouse in action, drama, and comedy, Wahlberg is perhaps most convincing in the role of the working-class hero — as evidenced in Deepwater Horizon, which premieres at this year's Festival.

We are thrilled to have Wahlberg join us for what will undoubtedly be an engaging onstage conversation about his fascinating career.

THERESA SCANDIFFIO