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Julianne Moore Reacts to Mark Wahlberg's Boogie Nights Diss: "It Made His Career!"

The Oscar winner was none too pleased with her former co-star's controversial comments.

Mark Wahlberg's turn as porn star Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights may be one of his most iconic film roles, but now he has some regrets when it comes to the 1997 hit. Wahlberg grabbed headlines for a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune in which he said he's asked God for forgiveness for starring in the movie. "I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I've made some poor choices in my past," Wahlberg said before adding that "Boogie Nights is up there at the top of the list." 

Well, Wahlberg's Boogie Nights co-star Julianne Moore had something to say about that. Moore, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Amber Waves in Boogie Nights, said she "was really surprised" by Wahlberg's comments when she appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Tuesday night. "Oh my God, I think he should thank God for Boogie Nights. It made his career!" she told Andy Cohen. "Yeah, my God, it's a great movie. He was great in it." 

All true statements. But it seems as though Wahlberg was doing a bit of reflecting on his life and career when he made the controversial statement to the Chicago Tribune. He made the comments while in Chicago supporting Cardinal Blase Cupich's efforts to draw more young people into the Catholic Church (Wahlberg is a devout Catholic).


As Entertainment Weekly points out, Wahlberg told ABC News in May that he almost didn't take the Boogie Nights role because he "was turned off by the subject matter." However, after reading the script and meeting with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, he said yes to the role.  

But that doesn't mean Wahlberg would ever want to play Dirk again. "Oh God, what would Dirk be up to now?" he said when ABC News asked if he would ever star in a sequel to Boogie Nights. "If you asked me now at my age to play that part, I'd be hard pressed to say yes, because I have four kids. I've got two daughters, I'm married and I try not to let that affect what I do as an artist. But being a dad, it'd be tougher to make that decision now." 

Moore also has a regrettable film role from her illustrious career, which she spilled all the tea about on WWHL in the clip, below.

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