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EXCLUSIVE: 'Transformers' Star Mark Wahlberg Talks 'Fifty Shades Darker' Valentine's Day Date With His Wife

by Raphael Chestang 4:44 PM PST, February 21, 2017
Playing EXCLUSIVE: 'Transformers' Star Mark Wahlberg Talks 'Fifty Shades Darker' Valentine's Day Date With His Wife

We now know what it will take to get Mark Wahlberg to sit through a movie like Fifty Shades Darker.

The Transformers: The Last Knight star dished to ET about his romantic Valentine's Day date night at Hasbro's Annual Toy Fair in New York City on Monday.

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"My wife wanted to see [Fifty Shades Darker]," Wahlberg told ET's senior news director Jennifer Peros. "Not my choice."

Wahlberg explained that while he was close to obtaining the rights to produce the film franchise, he never had any intention of appearing on camera.

The 45-year-old actor and his 38-year-old wife, Rhea Durham, will celebrate eight years of marriage in August, and Wahlberg would clearly do anything for the mother of his four children (Ella, 13, Michael, 10, Brendan, 8, and Grace, 7). Still, the action star seems much more comfortable fighting giant evil robots.

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In the upcoming fifth Transformers film, we catch up with Wahlberg's character, Cade Yeager, a couple years after the big battle in Chicago. Now a man on the run, Yeager finds himself being dragged to England, where he meets up with new characters played by Laura Haddock and Isabela Moner.

"It's a very different journey," Wahlberg told ET on the set last year. "A lot of stuff about the origin of Transformers and their history."

At Monday's toy fair, Wahlberg admitted that joining the Transformers franchise has earned him brownie points with his kids.

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"When I [bring toys home] I'm a cool dad," he said. "Then when I tell them that I used to be a rapper or something, it mortifies them."

Transformers: The Last Knight opens June 23.

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