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Mark Wahlberg: Two Most Important Things Are Faith and Family

The 'Lone Survivor' and 'Mile 22' star is not the typical modern celebrity — his Catholicism plays a big part in a new movie

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Mark Wahlberg is not your typical modern celebrity.

He often avoids talk of politics and has said he doesn’t appreciate celebrities preaching “down” from their Hollywood bubble to the rest of the world.

He’s also a patriotic artist who often highlights first responders, blue-collar heroes and veterans in his films.

His latest, “Instant Family,” is a comedy that has him reuniting with director Sean Anders.

The two previously worked together on the hit films “Daddy’s Home” and “Daddy’s Home 2,” which had domestic box office totals of $150.4 and $104.0 million, respectively.

“Instant Family” follows a middle-aged couple (Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne) who take on the challenge of adopting not one but three children.

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In a new interview to promote the film, Wahlberg said his two biggest motivating factors in his career and personal life are his faith and his family — not a sentiment you’ll hear echoed by many other modern celebrities.

“I’ve been very blessed and very fortunate. And it’s because of the focus that I put on my faith and on my family that have allowed me to accomplish so many things,” the “Shooter” and “Lone Survivor” star told The Christian Post.

The 47-year-old actor continued, “There’s nothing more important than faith and family.”

Wahlberg has been married to his wife, Rhea Durham, for 10 years and they share four children (all pictured above right, with Wahlberg).

The “Ted” actor opened up about the big role faith plays in his life.

“That’s what it’s all about. You know, for me, it’s just the way I love to start my day, finish my day,” he said, revealing he recently chose to attend church on a Saturday night instead of hitting up a Broadway play while visiting New York City.

Wahlberg says his new movie pushes the family values he holds near and dear to his heart.

“Ultimately, they fall madly in love with each other. And they want to fight for these kids,” the actor said.

“Just like this movie, this couple brings in three beautiful kids. And there is this kind of honeymoon period. And then there’s this very difficult time when reality sets in. But ultimately, they fall madly in love with each other. And they want to fight for these kids,” the actor said.

Earlier this year, Wahlberg headlined the military thriller “Mile 22,” which was one of the more conservative movies of the year.

The actor revealed in an interview promoting that film that he actually based his operative character on Steve Bannon, a former White House chief strategist for President Donald Trump.

“Instant Family” hits theaters on November 16.

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