It’s the highest compliment we can give Mark Wahlberg that we regularly forget he was once the shirtless dynamo Marky Mark. After two decades of quality film work in movies ranging from The Other Guys to Three Kings to Boogie Nights to The Departed—the last of which earning him an Oscar nomination—“Good Vibrations” is nowhere near the first thing that comes to mind when we think of him today. However, when we do think of “Good Vibrations,” we do remember that the successful actor was once the doofus brother of a New Kid On The Block, rapping about how vibrations are good like Sunkist with his pants around his ankles. And boy, do we laugh.
In honor of Wahlberg’s 40th birthday this Sunday, we’ve put together a a gallery chronicling the man’s twenties…an astounding decade where he managed to go from strutting naked at the Rock’n’Jock B-Ball Jam to winning respect at Cannes. Check out the gallery to see that remarkable evolution, as well as some priceless old school photo ops with other celebs—remember, The Departed wasn’t the first time he worked with Leonardo DiCaprio!
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