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10 Things you didn't know about Mark Wahlberg

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From hellish prison to Hollywood producer

As an actor and producer, Mark Wahlberg has been crazy busy for the last decade, so it's no surprise he's receiving the MTV Generation Award. But the former boy-bander is bit more complicated than he might seem. Take a look at 10 things you probably didn't know about the muscular movie mogul.

1. Charged with attempted murder

As a troubled, drug-addled youth, Wahlberg attacked several Vietnamese men with a large wooden stick, permanently blinding one victim in one eye. Wahlberg plead guilty to assault and served 45 days of his 2-year sentence at Boston's Deer Island House of Correction.

2. Sister died same day as his daughter's birth

His older sister Deborah Wahlberg died tragically from a heart attack on Sept. 2, 2003, the same day Wahlberg's daughter Ella Rae was born. It must surely have been a bittersweet day for the entire family.

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From hellish prison to Hollywood producer

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3. Video game was a flop

In 1992, the video game Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Make My Video was released. The premise was to put the player in the role of music video editor. Sound like a lot of fun? Of course not. Critics and gamers both shunned the game.

4. Related to author of The Scarlet Letter

The Boogie Nights star was born and bred in Boston and his mother, Alma Elaine, is a distant relative of Nathanial Hawthorne, who also penned the famous novel The House of Seven Gables.

5. Considered for Brokeback Mountain

The film's director Ang Lee first considered both Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix for the pair of gay cowboys, but Wahlberg was uncomfortable with the sex scenes. We can't help but wonder if that had anything to do with his stint in prison.

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From hellish prison to Hollywood producer

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6. Ted 2?

Yes, a sequel to Seth MacFarlane's raunchy stuffed bear comedy is in pre-production and set to release in 2015. Are there really enough shenanigans for a man and his talking plush toy to fill another 90 minutes? We think they should have stopped while they were ahead.

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7. Having tattoos removed

Wahlberg has four tattoos: Sylvester the Cat with Tweety Bird; a Bob Marley tattoo with the words 'One Love"; a rosary around his neck; a crucifix with the words "In God I Trust" over his heart. The father of four is now undergoing laser treatments to remove all of his body art.

8. An excellent shot

To prepare for his character as a sniper in the film Shooter, the Oscar-nominated actor attended a long-range shooting institute and, on only his second day, was able to hit a target 1,100 yards away. Not bad for a guy known around the world as an underwear model.

From hellish prison to Hollywood producer

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9. Reality show canceled after one episode

Though Wahlberg has had much success as a producer, his reality show Breaking Boston didn't make much of a splash. Focused on four blue-collar women in their 20s, the unscripted show was watched by a mere 311,000 viewers.

10. Starring in new crime/thriller Mojave

Set to release later this year, Mojave is the story of a near-suicidal artist (Garret Hedlund) who makes some surprising discoveries in the desert outside Los Angeles. The film also stars Walton Goggins (Justified) and French actress Louise Bourgoin.

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