Wahlberg refused to help fugitive

Last updated 05:00 20/02/2013
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Mark Wahlberg recently had to tell someone he wouldn't "aid and abet a fugitive" when he asked for help while on the run from the police.

The Hollywood actor has made no secret of his troubled teenage years, which saw him involved with a gang and spend 45 days in prison for an assault on a Vietnamese man.

He eventually turned his life around after becoming involved in the Catholic Church and acting, although he is sometimes reminded of his old life.

Recently, a man from his home area called him to ask for help.

"What happened was that this guy went on the run... he wanted to hide out with me in California. I said, 'Dude, absolutely not, I'm not aiding and abetting a fugitive. Turn yourself in.' But he didn't listen, he didn't listen. He wanted me to pay for his lawyer because I paid for his lawyer before," Wahlberg explained to British newspaper The Guardian.

Wahlberg's acquaintance is now back in prison but is adamant the star should be helping him. The actor had an argument about the incident with him over the phone, unfortunately while he was waiting to appear on a UK TV programme.

"He gets grabbed and now he's inside and his wife is saying that we've got an arrangement where I have to pay her a certain amount of money each month. He finally called me last night. I was in the f**king green-room of the Graham Norton show and I start f**king swearing down the phone... The producer woman was like, 'Oh wow, shall I wait outside?'" Wahlberg laughed.

"I was in jail with this guy when I was 17 years old. I was coming in and he was pretty much leaving and he gave me his TV, this old black-and-white TV which had a cone with these wires on it for a speaker. So now it's like I owe him for life."

When he left prison as a teenager, the star made a decision to distance himself from his old friends. It was difficult and he got into some fights but is proud of the way he has turned his life around.

The 41-year-old has four children with his model wife Rhea Durham and is focusing on raising them properly. He plans to be honest with them about the things he's been through in his life, but is yet to decide when the best time to open up will be.

"They're still kind of too young. There's a lot of explaining to do and I'm just trying to find the right time and the right place," he explained.

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