Date: 10th August 2001

Wahlberg's Life Of Crime

PLANET OF THE APES (2001) star MARK WAHLBERG has blamed his Irish roots for his teenage life of crime. The tearaway actor was born into a working class Irish Catholic family in Boston.

He says, "Maybe it's the Irish blood in me, but crime was part of growing up for me. " Wahlberg spent two months in jail after being convicted of attacking two Vietnamese men and trying to steal their case of beer.

He adds, "I come from a large family - three sisters and five brothers - and we lived in a three-bedroomed apartment. What was I going to do in those circumstances, write poetry?" (RXT/IM/NFA)

Source: WENN