Actor Wahlberg and TV host Walberg: We’ve never met
BY KARA SPAK Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org January 16, 2013 11:28PM
This Mark Walberg hosts "Market Warriors."
Updated: February 19, 2013 12:57PM
In Hollywood, stars go to desperate extremes to stand out from the pack.
So how did we end up with Mark Wahlberg and Mark Walberg?
The Chicago Sun-Times recently spoke with the two Marks about living and working as Mark Wahlberg/Walberg.
Mark Wahlberg, once a rapper known as Marky Mark who is now an A-list actor, was in Chicago promoting his new movie “Broken City.” Mark Walberg, the host of the PBS hit “Antiques Roadshow,” called to talk about his new gig on PBS’ “Market Warriors.” Both Marks said they knew of the other, but didn’t know each other. While “Antiques Roadshow” Walberg is constantly approached by random people to appraise dolls and watches, no one has ever asked actor Wahlberg to appraise an antique.
Neither gets mistaken for the other, they said separately, though actor Wahlberg said people confuse him with Matt Damon. Television host Walberg, whose big break was on the 2001 reality show “Temptation Island,” said he gets mistaken for “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison.
“People watch television in such a passive way,” said “Antiques Roadshow” Walberg. “I get mistaken for people I don’t even look like.”
Neither Mark ever thought of changing his name.
“Hell no!” said actor Wahlberg.
“Antiques Roadshow” Walberg said he decided to stick with his name before the actor Wahlberg made a name for himself.
“Walberg is not the greatest name for TV but I wanted all of my friends who went to college with me to know I’m on TV,” he said. “A few years later it comes out there is a really handsome and talented Mark Wahlberg.”
Walberg also added his middle initial — L for Lewis — to his professional name, “more out of deference to [Mark Wahlberg’s] career,” he said. “It’s the source of many a joke, is what it is.”
While actor Mark Wahlberg was professional and cordial during the interview, he wasn’t overly enthusiastic about speaking about host Mark Walberg. Reporters have asked him “once or twice” about the other Walberg, he said.
“This is freedom of the press,” Wahlberg, the actor, said.
PBS’ Mark Walberg was more game, revealing that he plays basketball with some of Wahlberg’s “posse.” Paul Wahlberg, Mark’s older brother, once approached him during an “Antiques Roadshow” taping in Boston.
“I was so shocked he came up to say hello,” Walberg said. “The Wahlbergs in general, they’re really great people. I’m such a fan of [Mark Wahlberg’s] work.”