Mark Wahlberg Talks Patriots Day with Stephen Colbert

The actor explained why he almost didn't join the project on the Late Show.

Mark Wahlberg on the 'Late Show with Stephen Colbert.'

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Mark Wahlberg made an appearance on Tuesday night’s episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to chat about his new film Patriots Day.

After regaling the late-night host with humorous family stories from his time in Boston, the actor got serious while discussing the Marathon bombing movie. Wahlberg admitted to Colbert that he was a bit hesitant to sign on to the project at first, but ultimately joined the film in order to make sure that it would properly honor his city and those affected.

“There were three movies being talked about in various stages of development. They were going to make movies,” Wahlberg said. “So I said I’m not going to let somebody come into my town who’s not going to handle it with the respect and sensitivity in which it deserves.”

Wahlberg added that knowing his frequent collaborator Peter Berg was directing the film gave him confidence in Patriots Day.

“I said you know what, I’m going to tell this story and I’m going to get it right,” Wahlberg said. “I’m going to make sure people know what Boston Strong means and make my community proud.”

Check out Wahlberg’s full interview with Colbert below.