Mark Wahlberg's returning to high school - online
June 12th, 2012
12:46 PM ET

Mark Wahlberg's returning to high school - online

“The Departed” star Mark Wahlberg is going back to high school later this month, courtesy of a new online program based in New Orleans.

The Boston native revealed his academic plans on David Letterman's “Late Show” Monday night, when he stopped by to plug his upcoming film, “Ted,” with Mila Kunis.

The 41-year-old, who quit high school in the ninth grade, is an ambassador for Taco Bell’s Graduate-To-Go program.

“It’s an actual diploma,” Wahlberg said of his online program. “I’ve got to take up all the courses that I missed and I’m a little nervous."

“They’re going to give me whatever credits I already have, which is probably like one or two,” he joked about the school’s plans to get him up to speed. “But I’m going to make it happen.”

Seeing that he has "a lot of downtime on sets in the trailer and stuff," the actor hopes to "just ... blast through it - hopefully do it within six to eight months."

But there's one project that doesn’t seem like it’ll happen nearly that fast: Wahlberg’s proposed basketball movie with Justin Bieber. Wahlberg has indicated the film will be similar to Martin Scorsese’s classic "The Color of Money," which starred Tom Cruise and Paul Newman. Bieber would reportedly play Wahlberg's mentee.

"The Bieber movie? I saw 115 pages," Wahlberg told MTV recently of the script's slow-cooked development. "Just waiting — I want to send it to them once it's perfect."

But in the meantime there's Wahlberg's latest, "Ted," which arrives June 29.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Rojer

    I thing he is a school finder. So only he got the online courses in this situation also..

    October 9, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Luc

    Great comment Charles. Unfortunately, many peolpe don't realize how merciful God is. One of my favorite gospels is Jesus' parable regarding the laborers in the vineyard. We are never too old or too sinful to accept and be forgiven by Christ. As you stated, many of the saints were non-believers in their early life, but later found God. As a priest once told me, the difference between a sinner and saint is that the saint knows his/her sins.

    August 14, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chandleru Crisipoh

    You could certainly see your skills in the work you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren't afraid to mention how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

    July 14, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. John

    Four years of schooling magically reduced to "six to eight months" of effort? Yeah, that sounds like a reasonable equivalency. Why even bother, Mark? Just so you can say you're a high school graduate? Hilarious. Sad, but hilarious.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    Mark Walberg is going to star in a basketball movie with Justin Bieber? Are you serious?

    June 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Central Scrutinizer

    Watch out! I'm going to snap like a f!re-cr@cker ! don't nobody write anything is disagree with ! I will snap I tell ya !

    June 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ktina

    I'll be his teacher...if he could be my student 😉

    June 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |

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