Actor Mark Wahlberg reality checks celebs who think Americans should listen to their political opinions

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These days, celebrities sure seem to have a high opinion of themselves. With egos stoked by fame generated by entertaining millions on a movie or television screen, so many think we then care what they think about areas, such as politics, they are no more qualified to sway public opinion on than the average Wendy’s fry cook.

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Imagine their shock, then, when so many Americans shunned their “advice” and elected Donald Trump as president!

For his part, actor Mark Wahlberg has a refreshing view of himself and his profession in the grand scheme of things.

Promoting his new movie Patriot’s Day at a luncheon last week, the actor was asked by the pro veterans website Task and Purpose if he spoke publicly about politics.

“No,” Wahlberg said. “A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t. You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway. They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills. A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family. Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world, and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”

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Patriot’s Day represents Wahlberg’s third movie with director Peter Berg about every day heroism, the other two being Deepwater Horizon and the wildy successful 2013 movie Lone Survivor about former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.

In 2013, Wahlberg famously hammered actors, such as Tom Cruise, who compared their experiences playing military heroes to actual military service.

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