Whether he’s in Boston or Concord, chances are pretty good that Mark Wahlberg knows someone in town.
The actor stopped by for a chat with Conan O’Brien on Thursday night to talk about his new film “Daddy’s Home 2” along with his co-stars Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson and John Lithgow. Ferrell revealed to the late-night host that, no matter where there were in Massachusetts while filming the comedy sequel, they’d run into someone Wahlberg knew.
“We’re in all these little towns – Framingham, Wellesley, Concord – inevitably [there was] someone in every town that Mark knew,” Ferrell said before breaking out his version of a Boston accent. “Literally Mark was sometimes hounded by people.”
Wahlberg admitted that, “unfortunately,” he knew many of these people from his childhood growing up in the Bay State.
“They show up unannounced, uninvited, all the time,” Wahlberg said. “There’s always some sort of debt, some sort of issue – never a good thing.”
Wahlberg’s co-stars were also baffled by his daily, morning workout rituals, which consist of waking up early to pump some iron before playing a few rounds of golf.
“Mark Wahlberg is the perfect human being. He gets up at 2:30 in the morning, he works out,” Ferrell joked. “He rides around his neighborhood. He saves cats out of trees. He does more before 7 a.m. than most people do in a lifetime.”
Gibson couldn’t believe that Wahlberg would still hit up the golf course despite the cold winter weather.
“It was blizzard conditions in western Massachusetts, there’s like snow and stuff, and he’s out there in a t-shirt whacking golf balls in the snow,” Gibson said. “It was so cold and there was so much snow, his balls were orange.”
“And they’re all perfect shots,” Ferrell added.
Wahlberg admitted that he tries to hit at least 100 balls a day during his morning routine.
“I work out in the morning, then I do my reading and writing,” Wahlberg said. “I usually play 18 holes at about 6:30, then I’m home and help my wife with the kids. I got a lot to do before everybody else starts their day.”