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  NEW MEDIA STRATEGIES: In Plain Sight Q&A Session with Donnie
  March 26, 2010/1:00 p.m. EDT

Chrissy Fehskens
Donnie Wahlberg


Moderator          Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the In

                   Plain Sight conference call with Donnie Wahlberg. At this time all

                   participants are in a listen-only mode. Later we will conduct a question

                   and answer session. Instructions will be given at that time. As a reminder

                   today‟s call is being recorded. And starting off we have Chrissy Fehskens.

                   Please go ahead.

C. Fehskens        Hello, everyone. This is Chrissy Fehskens from New Media Strategies.

                   Thanks so much for joining us for today‟s Q&A session in support of

                   USA Networks In Plain Sight. With us today is Donnie Wahlberg who as
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              you know will make a guest appearance on the season premier episode

              airing next Wednesday, March 31st at 10/9 central. To allow us to field as

              many questions as possible within the allotted time, I‟m going to turn

              things back over to our moderator to begin the formal Q&A session.

              Kevin, please go ahead.

Moderator     We do have a question on the line of Megan Ward,

              Please go ahead.

M. Ward       I‟ve seen the episode and you were fantastic. What was it like working on

              a TV series again?

D. Wahlberg   It‟s different as a guest as opposed to being a star of a series. A guest star

              is a whole different responsibility. It‟s much different than being a

              regular. You come in and it‟s a lot of unfamiliar faces and you want to try

              to fit in as best you can, but also you want to stay there without making

              waves. But at the same time you want to come in and be hopefully the

              best you can be and bring something new to the table. I‟ve been a regular

              before and I know that it becomes not a grind. That series that I‟ve been a

              regular in, I was very committed and very dedicated, but it was always fun

              when a new actor came along and brought something to the table.
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               All that said, I felt incredibly welcomed. I also knew that there was a

               really a new spirit going on on the show. That everybody was really

               looking to raise the bar for season three with John McNamara coming in.

               I felt like I was playing with a team that was really trying to great. So

               everyone was very encouraging and very welcoming of me.

Moderator      Our next question is from the line of Jamie Steinberg, Starry

               Constellation. Please go ahead.

J. Steinberg   I was wondering if you found there was instant chemistry when you began

               working with the cast. I know sometimes it takes a little bit of time to

               develop, but did you find the rapport was instant?

D. Wahlberg    It was pretty instant. I think when we did a table read a few days before

               and I got to sit next to Mary McCormick and she was very gracious and

               stuff. But I felt, again, very safe. I‟m not a big fan of table reads or sitting

               around a table and reading a script. I‟d rather do it on set and do it for real.

               I generally hate table reads, in fact, but it was a great atmosphere and

               everybody really seemed excited I was there. The regulars on the show

               were just very welcoming. I think part of it is maybe is the New Mexico
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              charm that everyone has down there. But at the same time, I think there‟s

              a real great spirit on that show and it starts at the top with Mary and Fred

              and they‟ve very, very gracious.

Moderator     Our next question is from Jamie Ruby of Media Blvd. Please go ahead.

J. Ruby       I know you started out in the music industry, so how did you move into

              acting from there?

D. Wahlberg   Actually, in high school I was one of the cofounders of New Kids on the

              Block my freshman year in high school. But I also started studying theatre

              in high school my freshman year as well. So throughout high school, I

              was actually doing both. I would do a concert maybe at a night club or

              wherever we could get a gig as New Kids on the weekends. But during

              week days, I was doing plays and writing plays and starring in plays all

              the time.

              When New Kids became really successful, I got a lot of offers to do parts

              in movies and TV shows, but I was really busy, so I pretty much turned

              everything down. But I always knew it was something that I would

              eventually put some energy into. It just so happened that when New Kids
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               finished riding that wave, that first wave of success, the offers weren‟t

               coming anymore. So I had to go out and hit the pavement like most actors

               and start from the ground up, which I think is one of the greatest things

               that happened to me. I think maybe taking movie roles and stuff when I

               was getting them offered to me because I was in a musical group, I think

               that could have been damaging to me.

               I think having to go out and start, I don‟t want to say as a has-been, but

               sort of in a band that wasn‟t really popular anymore and wasn‟t selling

               records anymore, I think it forced me to really dig in and do what most

               actors do, which is to hit the street and go to audition after audition after

               audition and keep trying to break through until someone gives me a shot.

               I think that Ron Howard was the first person …that gave me a shot. Once

               I got a taste, I just wanted to keep doing it and doing it and doing it. I fell

               in love with the craft and that‟s how I did it.

Moderator      Our next question is from the line of Icess Fernandez, Writing to Insanity.

               Please go ahead.

I. Fernandez   Just letting you know you‟re talking to a soldier, so be calm.
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D. Wahlberg    I think I got a Tweet from you.

I. Fernandez   I think you got several Tweets. I think everybody went a little crazy.

D. Wahlberg    That‟s okay, that‟s good stuff.

I. Fernandez   Ironically talking about my fellow sisters, the question I have to ask you,

               actually, comes from a fellow sister. I inquired what everybody wanted to

               know. And so keeping with the theme of the show, which is witness

               protection, how do you think it would be to really give up your identity

               and become someone else in order to remain safe? What would you miss

               and what wouldn‟t you miss?

D. Wahlberg    I‟ve thought about it before, actually, just in time when fame and success

               gets a little challenging. There‟s been moments when it was what would it

               be like. I‟ve been lucky enough to travel to many, many places. And

               there‟s times when I‟ve been in some really obscure towns working and I

               thought about what it would be like to set up shop here and just kind of

               disappear and just be like anyone else. I guess because I‟ve been in the

               spotlight so often in my life, it‟s sounded really appealing to me. But I
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             think I‟d probably eventually get pretty stir crazy. I‟m sure I‟d miss all

             the things that that I take for granted.

             I think in my experience in life speaking to people or knowing people

             who‟ve lived on the run or lived with a false identity, it‟s really one of the

             hardest things to do. A lot of fugitives eventually who are living on the

             run usually turn themselves in because they can‟t the pressure of living a

             false life and hiding anymore. It‟s a lot of stress; it‟s a lot of pressure. It‟s

             a pretty big weight to carry around.

             I don‟t know if you meant specifically in a witness protection situation or

             just living in a different life of hiding out somewhere. But I think it would

             be fun for a while, but I think eventually I‟d miss probably everything,

             simple things like going to the supermarket and saying hello to my

             neighbor and not wondering if they‟re going to recognize me or not. That

             would be a lot of pressure, I think.

Moderator    Our next question is from the line of Rosa Cordero,

    Please go ahead.

R. Cordero   I‟m following my friend, Icess and she‟s actually your number one fan.
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D. Wahlberg   I actually went on a link of yours yesterday, so I‟m aware of who you are.

R. Cordero    I‟m flattered. I actually had face time with you when you were here in Fort

              Lauderdale. Now I get to show off on Twitter saying I had ear time.

D. Wahlberg   Well, let‟s hear what you have to say.

R. Cordero    I saw the episode and you were fantastic. It was really nice to see you in

              the role of a dad. How can you relate to your character on In Plain Sight

              and what element of yourself do you see in the character?

D. Wahlberg   Well, I think being a dad, that‟s certainly something I was able to relate to

              immediately. I have a 17 year old boy and I‟m starting to experience what

              that means, the different things that they get into, 17 year olds and

              teenagers in general and the pressure and sometimes the head scratching

              that comes along with it. It‟s amazing. There‟s so many clichés about

              getting older or are kids doing things that we did or having their own way

              of going about doing similar things to what we did and I‟m experiencing it

              all right now from the flying to the styles to the music to everything. I

              thought everything that I liked when I was 17 was the coolest. But I guess
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            liking a band like New Edition is like my mom loving the Four Tops to

            my 17 year old. It‟s not so cool to them.

            But I think that was really the thing that I zeroed in on the most was just

            being a parent and understanding the pressure and responsibility of taking

            care of and protecting the child. There‟s a lot of ….and stuff on the show

            and different elements that I actually borrowed from a friend of mine

            who‟s had similar life experience. I talked to him about it and brought

            those things to the table in terms of witness protection and stuff like that.

            But I think really the thing that was most important thing to me was the

            family aspect of it and the responsibility that a dad has, no matter where

            he is or what his circumstances are. I think my character on the show was

            just, it was just important for him to be a good day when he was out of the

            streets being a criminal as it was for him being a straight laced guy in this

            witness protection program. His son was the most important thing to him

            in both scenarios.

Moderator   Next question is from Reg Seeton, Please go ahead.

R. Seeton   I loved the ski mask. That was pretty sweet.
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D. Wahlberg   The ski mask? I couldn‟t keep it from blocking my eyes, but it worked out


R. Seeton     Growing up in Boston with guys like Whitey Bolger in the city, how easy

              is it for you to relate to that world ….?

D. Wahlberg   I was never really around Whitey Bolger. He was a little bit before at least

              me and my brother, Mark‟s, time. He was a little bit out of the way by the

              time we really started, when we were out in the streets. The thing is that

              Boston is such a small city that everybody knows everybody. So even if I

              never crossed paths with Whitey Bolger directly, I know a lot of people

              who did. I know a lot people who did their thing as well and basically do

              what they had to do to survive or made a choice to survive a certain way.

              But there‟s always something to draw on. There‟s always someone that

              you could just pluck off the street, a friend, a cousin, an uncle or

              somebody who you could look at as a character study for a character like

              Jimmy. But the thing for me also is that whenever you play somebody

              who comes from your home town, it‟s sort of responsibility to not goof it

              up. Nobody wants to be that guy that is representing somebody built from

              a character or characters from Boston. It may be the worst thing in the
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              world to get it wrong and we take pride in people getting it right. So it

              adds a little pressure to it as well. It makes it easier in some aspects

              because I have a lot to draw on, but at the same time, it does put a great

              pressure because if I stink it up as a Boston guy, then I‟m going to get a lot

              of flack when I come home.

Moderator     The next question is from Pattye Grippo, please state your media


P. Grippo     It‟s The question I have for you is throughout your career,

              you‟ve done a bit of everything, singing, dancing, performing live,

              movies, TV shows. Which of those have you enjoyed the most and why?

D. Wahlberg   It‟s really hard to say. If you asked me six months ago, I would say

              probably doing concerts again. But if you asked me six months before

              that, I might have said song writing. If you asked me six months before

              that, I might have said acting. If you asked me today, I‟m shooting

              something right now and working with an amazing team and just work In

              Plain Sight, which was a really, really great experience. I‟m really

              enjoying acting again right now.
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            So I think I‟m smart enough and honest enough to know that it‟s really all

            of the above. I think one thing I do is I really get an incredible high off of

            the creative process. That extends with acting, beyond just being on

            screen or being in front of the camera. I love sitting down with a director

            and a writer and bringing different ideas to the table and really diving into

            a character, the behind the scenes, the preparation, the rehearsals, the


            I love it all. I love being creative. I love being around creative people and

            that‟s really it. It‟s music or movies or acting. I love the rush of being

            creative. I really think I live for it. It kinds of fills my soul and so I‟m

            very lucky. I remember my time in New Mexico, I just really started sort

            of shooting In Plain Sight, I really felt myself getting back into the groove.

            I was a little rusty at first, but after a day or two, just having that rapport

            with other actors and a director, it‟s an amazing high that I get from doing

            it. I take great pride and I have a great sense of responsibility for it. I

            don‟t know if I answered the question, but I tried.

Moderator   Our next question is from Amy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas.

            Please go ahead.
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A. Harrington   I‟m actually here with my sister, Nancy, who‟s my writing partner.

D. Wahlberg     Hello, Nancy.

A. Harrington   We were wondering if you could tell us about the Send a Kid to Camp

                charity event that you held with your brothers earlier this week.

D. Wahlberg     That was actually an event that I had planned or wanted to do for a while.

                Mark and I do different events with the Mark Wahlberg Foundation. He

                does a couple different events a year. I tend to pick specific things that I

                want to do and I will do it in conjunction with my brother, Jim, who runs

                the Mark Wahlberg Foundation. As an example a couple of years ago, I

                did a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina and I put it together and was the

                host and the force behind it. But Mark lent his time and energy to it as

                well and we end up raising with the week of preparation, $750,000 for

                Hurricane Katrina.

                I know there‟s poker has become a very popular game. I know there are

                tons and tons of poker players in Massachusetts, so I have tons of

                relationships. But I just thought it would be a very successful way for us

                to raise money. What we were raising it for is to send inner city kids from
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              the neighborhoods that we grew up in to go to summer camp and to be

              able to do something that we never could do. We didn‟t go to summer

              camps. We hung out on the street corners and either got in trouble or not,

              depending on what the day was and what we got into.

              So this is something that was really important to us was to give inner city

              kids something constructive to do and something that may steer them in a

              different direction than the options and opportunities that we had

              ourselves. We raised $300,000 incidentally. And we‟re going to be

              sending, I think, 200 kids to camp this summer and next summer off of the

              success of that, so it was a pretty amazing night.

Moderator     Our next question is from Lena LaMoray of Please go


L. LaMoray    Your character on In Plain Sight is a bad boy with a big heart and in New

              Kids, you were considered the bad boy. So is it more fun to play a shady

              character and why?

D. Wahlberg   I don‟t know. I think I enjoy playing all types of difference characters. I

              think the challenge with this particular character was to do something

              different with the character that was somewhat similar to things I‟ve done
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in the past. I played a lot of cops. He‟s obviously not a cop, but it‟s tricky

because in playing this guy, I didn‟t want to do things that I‟d done before,

mannerisms or certain behaviors or actions or even the way that I spoke.

But at the same time, I didn‟t want to be too selfish because the character

is written, the way he‟s written for a reason. My insecurities or whatever,

I didn‟t want to bring those to the table and try and to overdo something in

order to satisfy myself and say I made this character different than

anything I‟ve ever done and it‟s very unique. I wanted to accomplish that,

but at the same time, I couldn‟t do it in a way that was selfish and not in

the best interest of the show.

John McNamara is an amazing writer. He wanted me for a lot of specific

reasons. Those sort of things that he saw in my past work, it‟s a

responsibility for me to bring those things to the table and then add

something to that. So I‟ve played ballroom dancers. I‟ve play psychotics.

I‟ve played cops. I‟ve play silly cops and serious cops. I‟ve played so

many different roles, but I just try to take each role based on the material.

And if I like the material, then I‟m attracted to it. If I‟m attracted to it,

then I‟m going to give all my energy to it. And if I give all my energy to

something, it usually if nothing else, then I know that I‟ve been committed
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              and gave all I could. And I usually feel very satisfied at the end when I‟m

              in that predicament. If I don‟t like the material, I just generally pass, no

              matter what it is. If it‟s a studio movie or a big opportunity, if I can‟t pile

              into something in the character, I usually don‟t do it.

Moderator     Our next question is from the line of Judy Manning, Please go


J. Manning    You have played so many diverse characters from obviously the psychotic

              that you said and one of my favorite characters is from Dreamcatcher,

              Duddits. Playing harder characters like that, was it just harder to get into

              those types of characters? Or do you think it‟s harder to get into the

              character like a Jimmy versus going into something a little bit darker?

D. Wahlberg   Well, I think every character presents a difference challenge and a

              different opportunity. It‟s just some characters require a different level of

              commitment, other than internalizing the character and making it my own.

              The Sixth Sense, for example, I sort of underwent a physical

              transformation. And in committing to the physical transformation, that

              actually helped me emotionally get to where I needed to get. I suffered a
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lot in my preparation for that part. And so when it came time to shoot, I

really was a lot closer to the character I was playing because I suffered. I

wasn‟t sitting in a cushy hotel rooms eating lobster every night, waiting

for them to call action. I was really committed to a certain physical state.

And as I was preparing alongside that, it took me to a tremendous

emotional places that allowed me to really play the character a certain way

on screen.

For Jimmy, I think it‟s certainly not the same type of preparation process.

But what I did similar is I engaged in things that would help transform me.

I went into New Mexico early and I kind of laid low. I usually end up in a

….and I get on the Blackberry and start Twittering and meeting with fans

and having dinner and stuff like that. I have no problem going out and

about in towns that I go to and meeting people and engaging people.

When I went to New Mexico, I really wanted to lay low. I wanted to feel

alone and not really attract a lot of attention. In fact, I wanted to do the

opposite and I did that. I spent probably the first week just sort of hiding

out and not really being specific to anyone about where I was. In doing

that alongside of my preparation for the character, I think I did isolate

myself and create a little bit of loneliness. I only had about a week to
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              prepare for the show, so that‟s really all I could do, but it helps. Every

              amount of preparation helps. Every little ounce of it helps and so I did as

              much as I could and being isolated down there in New Mexico wasn‟t

              really the same as having been in the witness protection program for a

              long time, but I certainly got enough of a feel and an energy around me

              that I was able to bring that do work everyday.

Moderator     Our next question is from Josh Bozeman, The Please go


J. Bozeman    I‟ve actually been going through the Boom Town on DVD the first and

              second season, great work there. I wondered is it hard for you to transition,

              you do two seasons a show or three seasons here or a movie there, and

              there are gaps in between it. Is it hard for you to transition between

              character to character?

D. Wahlberg   It depends. It‟s always easier if you like the material. If I read a character

              that just jumps of the page at me, then that usually gets my juices flowing

              and gets me really excited about wanting to do it. Sometimes I can read a

              script and just really ideas and idiosyncratic behaviors are just popping in

              my mind about a character.
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But the reality is we work in a business where we‟re at the mercy of a lot

of outside factors. With Boom Town, I had a great time. I loved going to

work every day. I loved my character, I loved the show. I loved the

people I worked with. But there‟s an audience that has certain demands.

There‟s a network and sponsors and all these different people who have

certain demands. If we can‟t meet them, which is really beyond my

control, then the show stops.

I think I do a pretty good job of letting go of that which I cannot control in

this business. It‟s my obligation and responsibility is to bring as much

realness to whatever character I play, to be as committed as possible to the

project and the character. That‟s why I gravitate towards material that I

like. If I read a script and I don‟t like it or I don‟t find something that I

think would be fun or challenging in a character, I generally walk away

from it. I think giving my all to what I do is really the only thing I can

control and what‟s what I try to focus on.

It‟s easy to change gears and go from character to character if I‟m

committed and focus. It‟s not easy if I don‟t care about what I‟m doing. It

becomes a burden and a drag. So I try not to do that.
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Moderator     Our next question is from the line of Kristyn Clarke, Pop Culture

     Please go ahead.

K. Clarke     You touched on some of your charitable projects that you‟re working on.

              I was wondering what other film or TV projects do you have going on

              these days?

D. Wahlberg   I just finished shooting a film called Zoo Keeper with Kevin James and the

              voices talents of Adam Sandler and Sylvester Stallone, Nick Nolte, Cher.

              That was great, great to shoot that film. It‟s a comedy role for me. It‟s a

              very big comedic studio film. It‟s something that I haven‟t gotten a

              chance to show in my repertoire. It makes me excited. And so to do a

              film like that was going to be seen by so many people is really, really

              exciting for me.

              I‟m currently shooting a pilot for CBS, just at least tentatively titled

              Reagan’s Law with Tom Selleck and myself…..Alexander. I‟m really

              excited about that as well. I think that this opportunity in some ways is

              indirectly related to In Plain Sight. I think In Plain Sight, working on a

              television schedule again, working with a great writer like John
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            McNamara and a great cast, it really invigorated me and reminded me how

            much I like working on television.

            It was amazing to do a film like Zoo Keeper, but I really have always

            loved television, just for the work, the amount of hours I put in and the

            amount of energy it takes and the consistency of it. I love to work really

            hard. I love to stay close to the character I‟m playing. A lot of times it

            becomes you work two days, you‟re off for a week. You work three days,

            you‟re off for a month. Dragging a character out over that much time and

            not working very often, it can be very challenging.

            With television it‟s sort like a nine to five. I‟ve always loved going to

            work every day and staying close to a character. So I think In Plain Sight

            relit that fire for me and indirectly a lot of relationships that I have in the

            CBS pilot that I‟m shooting are sort of somewhat forged from my time on

            In Plain Sight. It‟s about three degrees of separation in a lot of instances.

            I think those degrees are connected. I think In Plain Sight actually directly

            led to me finding myself in shooting this pilot.

Moderator   Our next question is from Laura Raposa, Boston Herald. Please go ahead.
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D. Wahlberg   Laura Raposa, she can‟t ask any questions.

L. Raposa     Actually, a lot of people have asked my questions, so I‟m trying to come

              up with a new one. But you spent an awful lot of time acting for TV.

              What do you watch? What do you like? What characters do you like to

              see every week?

D. Wahlberg   If I tell the truth right now, it‟s probably going to make no sense. I‟m kind

              of a big reality TV guy. I don‟t know why. I like a lot of train wreck

              television or something. I like Bad Girls Club. I like Tool Academy. I

              like Jersey Shore, but I also like Dog Whisperer. I watch a lot of Food

              Network. I like Iron Chef and Chopped. I like the Dog Whisperer. But in

              terms of characters on television, I‟m really big into the timeless

              characters. Colombo is one of my favorites. Rochford Files, Streets of

              San Francisco, M.A.S.H., I sort of love the a lot older series, a lot of series

              from the „70s. A show that‟s sort of similar, I don‟t think there are many

              shows nowadays that are similar to those kinds of shows, but the shows

              that are built around really fascinating characters. I think The Shield is

              one and The Sopranos is another one, shows that have a really, really an

              amazing central character and an amazing cast around it. The characters

              that aren‟t necessarily like the movie star type or just that sort of typical
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            Hollywood leading man. Those two examples, The Shield and The

            Sopranos have very, very different sort of guys, very regular guys in very

            amazing circumstances at the center of them. And those kinds of shows

            really appeal to me.

            But I grew up watching classic movies with my dad and classic television

            with him as well. I tend to gravitate to that type of stuff. That has no

            connection to any of these reality shows that I mentioned. I think that

            those reality shows are just fun. They‟re a way for me to turn off my brain

            a little bit. I work a lot as you know, Laura, sometimes 22, 23 hours a day.

            Just being able to tune out and watch silliness like Tool Academy on VH1

            is pretty funny at times.

Moderator   Our next question is from Annie Venton, Please go


A. Venton   I‟m about your age, so I‟ve heard of your career along the way. I saw the

            episode and I really loved it. So my question is I come, actually, from a

            really big Irish Catholic family as well. There‟s one minute where we‟re

            jumping on each other wishing to beat the crap out of each other. And

            there‟s other moments where we are the best friends in the world and we
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              know somebody always has our backs. So for you coming from a big

              family, not just from your brother, Mark, but how has your family and

              your support system played into your career that really could have gone in

              so many different ways and not to the success that it has?

D. Wahlberg   It‟s hard to say. I don‟t know that I really had anybody looking over me

              saying, hey, make the right choice. I think, in fact, it was the opposite. I

              had a lot of brothers screwing up in front of me. It was up to me to look

              at them and say I could do that they‟re doing or I could make a different

              choice. That‟s what I did. I think my tolerance for danger wasn‟t quite as

              great as some of my other brothers. I might take a ride in a stolen car once

              in a while, but I wasn‟t going to get behind the wheel and hotwire the

              thing myself. I guess my threshold for pain and trouble and danger was

              just a little different.

              I think I was really lucky also in the school that I went to. As I said earlier

              in I think in the first question, the first or second question about music or

              acting, I was very fortunate in that I went to a Boston public school. In

              my first year in that school, the city was experimenting with a new type of

              high school format. I was able to take theatre class for two periods a day.
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            That was an amazing situation to be in, to be in a school like that where

            arts was really a prominent part of the curriculum.

            I think I was able to find ways to channel a lot of my energy into positive

            things. I was in New Kids on the Block outside of school and in theatre

            inside of school. Being committed to doing a play, it‟s a lot of work. It‟s

            a lot of commitment. I didn‟t want to get up and embarrass myself in front

            of the whole school. I wanted to be ready and I wanted to be the best that

            I could be and I had a commitment to that and to my fellow classmates in


            I think it A, gave me an outlet for my energy and B, gave me something

            creative to do to take my mind off of the other bad opportunities that were

            there for me. Again, that‟s why something like the camp event I did the

            other night with my brothers is really important because creating

            opportunities for kids to find other avenues for their energy is something

            that I benefited from. I certainly want to give that opportunity to other

            kids now.

Moderator   Our next question is from the line of Sheldon Wiebe,

   Please go ahead.
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S. Wiebe      Something that you said earlier struck me and I was thinking if maybe you

              taken some of the roles that you were offered while New Kids were hot, if

              you had the time, you might have had a brief career as a big name star, but

              it might have faded when the New Kids did. And the way things played

              out I think is actually better because you got a really solid reputation as a

              character actor with a wide range. On the season premier of In Plain

              Sight, you reminded me a bit of ‟70s, „80s icon, Charles Bronson. It got

              me wondering—

D. Wahlberg   Wow, that‟s a compliment, thank you.

S. Wiebe      Who are the actors that you like that you most appreciate in terms of

              presence, acting skills and have any of them influenced you?

D. Wahlberg   It‟s funny. Your description of me is sort of how I like to think of myself.

              I think I agree with you a lot from you‟re saying. I think jumping into a

              leading man situation when I wasn‟t ready probably could have been

              disastrous. Doing it at that early age when I really hadn‟t worked for it

              might have sent me on the wrong path because it took me a while to
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realize that I am character actor and that‟s what I want to do. That‟s what

I want to be.

I look at actors like Gene Hackman and he does the kinds of roles that I

aspire to. He‟s the kind of actor I hope to be like one day. He‟s very

much a character actor, but he‟s also capable of being a leading man at

times as he did in The French Connection and being incredibly good at it.

But like James Gandolfini is another example. And then there are actors

like Michael Parks, who a lot of people don‟t even know who he is, but

every time I see a ….movie and he pops up in a totally unrecognizable

role, I‟m just amazed by him and I love to do those kinds of things myself.

I think had I jumped into acting just because the opportunity was there

because I was very famous in the musical group, I‟m not sure I might have

taken the time to A, put in the work that was necessary to be the best actor

I could be, but also B, to identify what I really wanted to do and the kind

of roles I wanted to play. When The Sixth Sense came along, for example,

that‟s a role that I jumped all over it. My manager at the time told me to

pass on it. It‟s like it‟s a day of work, what good is that going to do. It‟s

blah, blah, blah. I said this is the best script I ever read and this is a
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            character that could be very memorable if I could commit myself to play

            it. I would have done that part for free.

            To be able to have that sort of sense of what I wanted to do and what was

            important to me, it really came from hard work and I‟m building a career

            and not just having one handed to me. So while it was the biggest

            struggle, I‟m certainly glad that it went that way. I appreciate the kind

            words you said and I think that‟s really it. Sometimes people will say do

            you want, do you ever compete with Mark for roles or stuff like that. We

            never do. He‟s a movie star. He‟s a leading man and I‟ve always thought

            of myself as a character and I take great pride in that. It‟s really all I could

            ever hope for is to be having a good reputation as a really solid character

            actor. That‟s really a great place for me to be in my opinion.

Moderator   Our next question is from the line of Jamie Ruby of Media Blvd. Please go


J. Ruby     So can you talk about how you got the part? Is there an audition process

            for In Plain Sight?
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D. Wahlberg   It wasn‟t an audition. It was actually I came, I met with John McNamara a

              few times in the past. We both expressed a mutual want to work with each

              other. John ….for something before, but I just didn‟t quite have the right

              energy for him. I had just come off tour and he called and asked for a

              meeting and he said, “I‟ve always wanted to work with you. I‟m going to

              be running the show In Plain Sight now and I want to build a character for

              you. I think this is a great opportunity for us to finally work together.” So

              he sort of told me what he was thinking for the character and shared some

              ideas with me and asked me if I had any ideas. And I presented him with a

              lot of thoughts and I think we both saw it in a very similar way. He went

              and wrote the character.

              I think for a guy who‟s not from Boston, a guy who‟s not from that world,

              I didn‟t know what he would come up with when it was finally on paper.

              But I really only had minimal note for him. I think he got the talk right

              and that‟s the hardest part. He wrote a guy that sounded like he was a

              Boston guy and sounded like he was a real guy dealing with real stuff and

              that appealed to me. So that was really the process. Fortunately, I didn‟t

              have to audition because I pretty rather stick nails in my eyes than audition

              for anything. It‟s many people as I‟m saying in front of them in my life
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               and acted in front of them and performed in front of them, I still get pretty

               nervous about auditioning.

Moderator      The next question is from Icess Fernandez with Writing to Insanity.

               Please go ahead.

I. Fernandez   As you were talking, one question did pop up. You were talking about

               what script you would accept and what roles you like to take. One thing

               that came to mind as we were talking, you walk about from scripts that

               you don‟t think you could have fun with, don‟t think that would be good

               for you. Could you tell us a little bit about when you read a script, what is

               that magic in a role or in a script that makes you say this is it, this is what I

               want to do? Is it, of course, it‟s the character and you being a character

               actor wanting to do more stuff? Is it the station in life of the character?

               What is it exactly?

D. Wahlberg    Sometimes it‟s—I think it‟s a complicated question to answer because

               sometimes it could be as simple as reading a script in a certain emotional

               state and the script just connects. Sometimes there‟s odd reasons as well.

               Obviously a script like The Sixth Sense, I just loved it immediately and

               nothing was going to prevent me from being a part of that movie. And
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then there‟s In Plain Sight, where it‟s a show that I like. It‟s a leading

lady who I think is incredibly underrated and incredibly talented in Mary

McCormick. It‟s a show that I think is fascinating and it‟s a part that‟s

crafted for me.

And then there‟s a movie like Dead Silence, which a lot of people may not

have seen, but it‟s a whacky kind of genre horror movie, but I really felt a

great attraction to the character I played because I saw an opportunity to

go against the grain in the role and do something fun, which I‟ve done fun

parts, but that particular role presented me with an opportunity to sort of

goof on the movie, while being a part of it. I thought as I read the script,

there was a lot of times I thought this is kind of preposterous. I saw my

character sort of thinking the same things. And so I attached myself to

that and I thought this would be really fun while everyone else is terrified

in this movie theatre if my character just keeps thinking this is silly. This

is silly, this is ridiculous until that moment when he realizes this is really

happening and by then, it‟s too late. That character wasn‟t designed to be

a funny character, but it ended up getting laughs throughout the whole

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            It‟s something that on first read a lot of people said why are you doing this

            movie. But for me, the character presented an opportunity for me. It

            presented a challenge for me and it gave me an opportunity to play a

            different color than I had. I may have looked at that role totally differently

            two years earlier than when it came along. I‟ve been ready to go against

            the grain that much. I think some roles become more attractive or less

            attractive with more experience.

            So it is what it is. It‟s sort of like music. Sometimes I may hear a song

            and deciding whether it‟s going on the New Kids album and it really may

            connect with me at a certain point because I‟m in a certain emotional

            space. And I can be happy or sad or whatever and it may just be enough

            of a connection to the song, that it makes something that I have to be a

            part of.

Moderator   Our next question is from Reg Seeton, Please go ahead.

R. Seeton   Given the success that you and Mark had when you were young, what did

            you learn from each other now as men? It must be kind of unbelievable,

            just given the way you started.
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D. Wahlberg   I think we both, coming from the background that we come from and the

              life that we had, I think we‟re both very cautious. I think we both walk

              around with a fear of a self fulfilling prophecy that inevitably one day for

              two street kids coming from such a crazy family with so much chaos

              going on, eventually somebody is going to come and take this all away

              from us. I think that fear in both of us, the result is a great work ethic. I

              think it‟s the only way that we feel safe is to continue to work hard. I

              think we both have identified that hard work is really the only way to be

              successful and it‟s the only way to protect what we‟ve worked so hard for

              is to continue to work hard.

              I think the minute I sit back and think, yes, I am a great character actor and

              I can do this, that and the other is the minute some other character actor

              who‟s working much harder than me is going to come in and take my

              opportunities away from me. I just think that fight or that fear, I think it‟s

              in a lot of people who grow in really tough environments. We had….for

              food on the table with eight brothers and sisters.

              I think in Hollywood, it‟s even harder. With every role, I‟m fighting

              against hundreds and hundreds and thousands of other actors who want the

              same thing. It‟s amazing. On the one hand, … we can say, yes, I have a
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              pretty good body of work and I‟ve done a lot of things and I continue to

              get opportunities. But on the other hand, it‟s amazingly fortunate because

              there are so many actors who are out there fighting for the same things.

              I know the minute I let up and don‟t work hard or I take anything for

              granted, there‟s a good chance it is going to go away for me and desirably

              so. It‟s just my responsibility to build on the foundation that I have and to

              build something solid there. And the only way I can do that is with hard

              work. I know that Mark, while we don‟t really talk about it that much, I

              know he feels the same way.

Moderator     There‟s one question in queue, Jamie Ruby, Media Blvd. Please go ahead.

J. Ruby       So going back to you were saying about the kind of roles you take and

              that, what would be your ultimate dream role, if you could choose or make

              up a role?

D. Wahlberg   Wow. It‟s kind of hard to answer. I‟d like to think that I‟ve played it a

              few times and that the next one is coming, the next dream role is coming

              along. I think in some ways, I‟ve probably had that about four times. I

              think The Sixth Sense was a dream role because it was the ultimate

              challenge for me to transform physically and emotionally and to really—I
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didn‟t set out to shock people or surprise people. I just set out to make that

character real and to get myself as close to him as possible physically and

emotionally. But I think for me that was a dream role because I should

have never gotten that role. That role was written for a 14 year old skinny

little teenager and at the time I got it, I was about 30 year old muscular

very fit man and the director took his chance on me and gave me that shot.

Another dream role was in a little independent film that was at Sundance

called Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School. I played

a very complicated ballroom dancer. Again, it‟s a role that from where I

come from and the upbringing that I had is just a role that I would have

never envisioned myself being able to play. Being allowed to transform

myself to that person and then got such a complicated character, it‟s an

amazing opportunity and it really is a dream role. It was a dream role for

me. And then to do it with a cast that was in that in movie, it was Robert

Carlyle and Marisa Tomei and Mary Steenburgen, it was just an amazing

cast, that‟s a dream role.

So I think every opportunity is a dream role. If the material is good and

the challenge is there and quite frankly, if I leave work smiling, I guess to

bring it full circle, again, I think doing In Plain Sight really—I was with a
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              great cast. I was with a great writer, a great director, a great network and a

              great studio who all believe in what they‟re doing and all really take great

              pride in their show and have fun. I left work everyday on that show

              smiling and feeling very lucky to have an opportunity to work on

              something so fun.

              I think any time I can leave work at the end of the day smiling and

              probably even if it‟s a stinker of a movie or whatever, then I‟m pretty

              much in a dream role, because what more can I ask for than to be happy

              with what I‟m doing? I‟m really grateful to John McNamara and the team

              on In Plain Sight because I really do think that they helped spark the

              acting bug in me again. Hopefully, the work reflect that‟s. I know my

              experience personally no matter what the result at the end of the day, I felt

              that way. I felt very, very blessed to be in New Mexico with that group of

              people doing what I love to do.

C. Fehskens   Ladies and gentlemen, that‟s all the time that we have for today‟s session.

              I‟d like to once again thank Donnie for being with us today and remind

              everybody to tune in to the season premier of In Plain Sight next

              Wednesday at 10/9 central on USA Network. Thanks, again, everyone,

              and have a great weekend.
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D. Wahlberg   Thanks, everyone.

Moderator     Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude your conference. You may now

              disconnect. Have a good day.

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