Mark Wahlberg has been a busy boy of late not just with producing and starring in films (Ted 2, Daddy’s Home and Entourage recently) but also with developing a signature limited-edition fashion collection with Indian Motorcycle. It’s not his first business venture, he has shares in Aquahydrate, an electroyte-enhanced water, and the Barbados Tridents cricket team. Plus there’s his own range of Marked nutritional supplements putting his estimated fortune at around 200 million dollars.
WWD: Why are you so driven?
Mark Wahlberg: I’ve been put in a unique position to do some things that I really care about and that excite me. You never know how long it’s going to last. You have to do things, expand your horizons and there are a lot of things I’m interested in. I can’t be running off to movie sets forever.
WWD: When did you start riding motorcycles?
M.W.: Gosh, I used to ride a lot when I was a kid, but, you know, not often enough. Friends were lucky enough to have dirt bikes in the neighborhood, so I knew very early on how to ride bikes with gears, which is something I’m trying to teach my boys now. They get so frustrated because they have to use a little dirt bike.
WWD: How did you get teamed up with Indian Motorcycle?
M.W.: Last year they approached me about being a brand ambassador and launching the new Scout at Sturgis [an annual motorcycle rally in South Dakota]. I was like, “Absolutely.” It was an excuse for me to be able to ride again and for my wife [Rhea Durham] to say “OK.” It’s great because my sons like to ride little 50s [dirt bikes], and we live in a gated community so we ride around the neighborhood. If I am given the OK, I love riding around in the Canyons.
WWD: Have you ever helped develop a clothing line?
M.W.: No. It was cool. We got to go in there and make sure that it represented us both and that it made everybody happy. When I did the Calvin Klein thing, I was basically just a model-for-hire. They weren’t really interested in my input.
WWD: How did you manage to get six bikes from Indian for “Daddy’s Home”?
M.W.: It’s like the Mini Cooper in “The Italian Job.” The bike plays a pretty substantial role — driving through the house, crashing through a window, landing perfectly on its wheels, all the while Will’s fork flex has been crushed, jumping over the giant ramp at a construction site — all kinds of crazy stuff.
WWD: Where does your fearlessness come from?
M.W.: I’m not fearless in the way that I used to be. I just went snowboarding with my sons. I took them to Yellowstone and I hadn’t snowboarded for 20 years. And these kids were just jumping off the lifts and going down the black diamonds like it was nothing. A friend of mine got a level 3 AC [acromioclavicular] shoulder tear within an hour of being there. So I knew, “Ah, I’ve got to be careful here. I’ve got to get home and stay in one piece.” I’m pretty cautious. I don’t mind taking my risks at work, because I know that I’m betting on myself. As long as I do my homework and come in prepared then I think I always have a great chance to succeed. But I’m still cautious about certain things, like we took all the necessary safety precautions when doing all those stunts.
WWD: When Ducati brought back the MotoGiro, an open-road, five-day motorcycle race in Tuscany, I wrote a story. I don’t know how to ride, I just rode with someone else. It’s just ridiculous how fast they can go.
M.W.: Well, it’s not fun riding fast on the back of somebody’s bike [laughs]. Yeah, I remember taking Will on the bike for the first time, and he was holding on pretty tight.…It was difficult [to teach him how to ride]. I play the cool, motorcycle-riding dad and he plays the very straightforward father figure. He’s trying to do all the things I do to try to impress the kids. There are some pretty hairy stunts as well and some pretty crazy accidents when he was learning how to ride.
WWD: How would you describe your own style?
M.W.: I’m pretty casual. I like to wear a pair of jeans and a T-shirt that fits good and feels really comfortable. Being from Boston, it’s always important to have a little bit of green in there. I only like to dress up if I have to go somewhere. If I have to put a suit on, I’ll put a suit on. But I would rather wear a pair of Jordans or a pair of boots, jeans and a T-shirt. That drives my wife and my daughters crazy. But now they’ve seen the cool Indian shirts that they are able to wear, so they’re really excited.