Father Stu star Mark Wahlberg wants to be part of more uplifting content.
While speaking with Entertainment Tonight, he opened up about his filmmaking journey and how the inspirational message behind the film opens a new door in his career and takes him away from the Hollywood spotlight.
“I feel like it’s starting a new chapter for me in that now doing things like that [with] real stuff can help people. I really want to focus on making more. I wouldn’t necessarily say faith-based content, but things that will help people. I hope this film will open a door not only for myself but for many other people in Hollywood to create more meaningful content.
Perhaps Wahlberg seeks to make films that are considered inspirational (like Father Stu), opposed to its more violent action cinema like Infinity and Mile 22or escape movies like Unexplored.
Father Stu follows Stuart Long (Wahlberg), while scratching as a supermarket clerk, he meets Carmen (Teresa Ruiz), a Catholic Sunday school teacher who seems immune to his bad boy charm. Determined to woo her, the lifelong agnostic begins going to church to impress her. But surviving a horrific motorcycle accident leaves him wondering if he can use his second chance to help others find their way, leading him to the surprise of realizing he’s supposed to be a Catholic priest. Despite a devastating health crisis and skepticism from Church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his calling with courage and compassion, inspiring not only his loved ones but countless others along the way. .
Rosalind Ross wrote and directed the film, with Wahlberg producing alongside Stephen Levinson and Jordon Foss. Its executive producers included Ross, Miky Lee, Colleen Camp, Patrick Peach and Tony Grazia.