Today’s Sorting the Stars is a tale that started back in the early ’70s in Boston. It involves the tale of two handsome young men, one born into an upper middle class family, the other into a tough neighborhood. One was in a boy band, the other grew up besties with another young actor. Today we are sorting Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg.
Matt Damon was born in 1970 to professional parents. He appeared for a minute in Mystic Pizza (love that movie), but made his big debut in Courage Under Fire. He’s forever tied to Ben Affleck with their collaboration on Good Will Hunting. He was Private Ryan in Saving Private Ryan. One of his most notable roles has been “Jason Bourne” in the trilogy of Bourne movies. He’s also had a role in the remake of Ocean’s Eleven, as well as Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen. I heart Matt Damon. In 2006, both he and Mark Wahlberg starred in The Departed.
Mark Wahlberg was born in 1971 in a working-class neighborhood as the youngest of nine children. He was briefly a member of the New Kids on the Block, and then went on to be Marky-Mark of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (gosh, I miss the ’80s). After a long streak as a bad boy and a lot of informal underwear modeling, he was able to make the transition to acting. After making a name for himself in The Basketball Diaries, he went on to star in Boogie Nights. He’s worked steadily ever since. Wahlberg recently made the transition to television, playing a brother in a family of law enforcement professionals in the drama Blue Bloods. (correction: It’s Donnie Walhberg in Blue Bloods, not Mark. Doh. Perhaps I should sort the brothers?)
I’ve always been able to tell these two apart, they are, after all, of my generation. But I can see how they are easily confused, with their Boston accents and similar features. So here’s your quick guide: If he’s in his underwear or singing, it’s an early Mark Wahlberg. If it’s an amnesiac assassin or a genius, it’s Matt Damon. If it’s a detective on TV, it’s Mark Wahlberg. Who else would you like for me to sort? I’m happy to oblige!