Mark Wahlberg Recalls Jail Stint, Going Back To High School


Jun. 12 2012, Published 4:00 a.m. ET

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While Mark Wahlberg has clearly out-shined his brother Donnie's star, it didn't always look that way.

The Fighter star, appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman Monday, said he was a prospective member of the New Kids On The Block, but a misspent youth had him behind bars, on the outside looking in.

"I wind up going to jail and watching them on TV, they're making millions," Wahlberg said, adding he spent time in jail "for doing bad things," though not getting specific. (The actor, according to Bio, spent 45 days in custody at the age of 16 in connection with the beating of a Vietnamese man; Wahlberg said the man's race had nothing to do with the assault.)

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The actor told Letterman after the group performed at the jail, he bragged to his fellow inmates, "I was in that group," who told him in response, "Well you're the dumbest motherf*cker ever, cause now you're in here!"

"Words of wisdom!" Letterman said.

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Wahlberg, who is serving as the ambassador for Taco Bell's Graduate-To-Go program, quit high school in the ninth grade -- now, at 41, he said he's embarking on finishing his high school credits.

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"I just wanna be able to blast through and do it," said the Boogie Nights star. "It's just a matter of getting back in there."

"Hey: Maybe go out for the track team!" Letterman joked.

Wahlberg's new film Ted, also starring Mila Kunis, hits theaters Friday, June 29.


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