Mark Wahlberg met the Pope in Philadelphia last fall

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated March 14, 2016 12:45 PM
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Pope Francis may have needed an IMDb refresher on Mark Wahlberg‘s career.

In a new interview with Adweek, the actor said that while he was honored to meet Pope Francis in Philadelphia during the papal visit to America last year, he doesn’t think the feeling was necessarily mutual.

“He’s not one to watch television or go to the movies, so I don’t think he knew who I was,” Wahlberg, 44, tells the magazine. “It’s nice to meet somebody who doesn’t want to ask you a bunch of questions. He was probably annoyed by me, but it was an honor.”

The Daddy’s Home star made an appearance at the World Meeting of Families in September, which the Pope attended. While at the podium, Wahlberg asked forgiveness for his R-rated movie Ted, saying to Francis, “I’ve always hoped that the good Lord has a sense of humor when it comes and pertains to many of the movies that I’ve made.”

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Wahlberg later called the experience “very, very, very special,” and revealed that he had his personal rosary blessed by Francis.

“You talk about a busy guy,” Wahlberg told Adweek. “I’ve been around presidents and everybody else, and there’s never been so many people from so many walks of life so excited to just get a glimpse of somebody. It was really amazing.”

He noted that Francis is “doing so many great things that are out of the box for the church.”

“He’s really bringing people together and moving the church into this new century.”

In the interview, Wahlberg also touched on his growing career behind the scenes as a producer. “I wanted to have more control, especially if my name is going to be above the title,” the star said.

“Acting’s my passion, but it would be nice to be able to slow it down a little bit, to have a little more influence in where they’re shot so I’m not so far away from my family,” Wahlberg added. “But I absolutely love the business side of things as well. It’s very exciting to get things going.”