By now, everyone knows Mark Wahlberg. The Boston born actor has been in a ton of notable movies, including Max Payne, Ted, The Lone Survivor and the fourth Transformers film.
What you may not know is that during his younger days, before even Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, he physically assaulted two Vietnamese men. The second of which he punched in the face whilst yelling racial slurs at the man. Mark believed that he had blinded the man after his assault. But the man, Johnny Trinh has revealed that he had already lost use of the eye during the Vietnam war.
Trinh broke a silence more than two decades long and revealed that the actor hadn't caused him any serious harm, and that he had no idea who his actor was until MailOnline, the Daily Mail website, told him. Trinh revealed that he had lost the eye whilst fighting communists in South Vietnam alongside US forces.
He also expressed his forgiveness towards the 43 year old actor and agrees with Wahlberg's plea for pardon, stating:
He was young and reckless but I forgive him now. Everyone deserves another chance. I would like to see him get a pardon. He should not have the crime hanging over him any longer.
Johnny Trinh has also stated that he would love to meet Mark face to face and tell him that he does not bear a grudge.
I think this is an amazing story of redemption that shows that no matter what someone does to another person, there is still a chance for forgiveness. Mark knows what he did was wrong, regardless of his age or maturity, but it's nice to know that Trinh does not hold a grudge and that after 26 years, Mark will finally get redemption for his actions.
Wahlberg hasn't been quiet about his teenage days either. His request for a pardon isn't his desire to forget his past, but rather to finally conquer it and atone for his mistakes. It's good that he's owning up to all of this rather than denying and forgetting it. Everyone deserves a second chance.
What do you think though? Should Mark Wahlberg have gotten forgiveness. Does he deserve the pardon, or the forgiveness of his victim?