Las Vegas’ newest Hollywood transplant could also be its most transformative. Film star Mark Wahlberg, who in August bought a two-story Las Vegas mansion for $14.5M, mentioned he hopes to remake his new hometown into “Hollywood 2.0,” full with a significant motion-picture studio.
Many Hollywood A-listers have known as Las Vegas house over the many years. Up to now, all have completed so in relative quiet, relishing the break from TMZ cameras to boost households or take pleasure in retirement or semi-retirement in seclusion.
The present crop — which incorporates Nicolas Cage, Carlos Santana, and Nick Carter — follows within the footsteps of Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis, and Redd Foxx. It’s commonplace to identify one in every of them out for dinner or purchasing within the suburbs. However you’ll by no means see them on the Las Vegas Strip except they’re working.
The brand new child on the block appears to need to break with that custom. Talking to an web speak present known as “Lights, Digital camera, Vegas,” Wahlberg mentioned: “I dwell in Nevada. I plan on making, hopefully, a movie studio … in Nevada. We need to create loads of jobs, and loads of pleasure. Hollywood 2.0.” Wahlberg, who owns a bit of sneaker resale market StockX, additionally talked about constructing a shoe manufacturing unit.
The previous Marky Mark has the capital to will all these goals into actuality. In response to Parade.com, he’s value a whopping $400M.
Along with his $14.5M property in The Summit Membership, Wahlberg additionally not too long ago paid $15.6M for a vacant 2.5 acres this summer time in the identical ritzy Summerlin neighborhood. It’s across the nook from the property of singer Celine Dion.
Not Leaving Las Vegas
When Wahlberg known as Vegas “my hometown,” he apparently meant it. Multiple of Wahlberg’s children now reportedly attend Bishop Gorman Excessive Faculty, a $15k-a-year personal Catholic college close to Summerlin, which explains the “Bishop Gorman!” soccer cheer in the course of the web chat. (Wahlberg and his spouse, mannequin Rhea Durham, reportedly have 4 youngsters, aged 18, 16, 14, and 12.)
“I already went to their first sport,” Wahlberg mentioned in the course of the interview, granted to advertise Me Time, a brand new Netflix comedy film costarring Wahlberg and Kevin Hart.
The Oscar nominee’s mega-mansion within the Los Angeles enclave of Beverly Park is listed at $87.5M, based on the Los Angeles Occasions.
The seed to relocate seems to have already been planted by the point Wahlberg opened a Wahlburger’s in March 2017 on the Grand Bazaar Retailers at Bally’s (now the Horseshoe) on the Strip. (Wahlberg owns the fast-food chain along with his brothers, Donnie and Paul. The enterprise spawned a actuality collection that ran from 2014-19 on A&E.)
“Las Vegas is the leisure mecca of the world and it simply continues to develop,” Wahlberg informed the Las Vegas Evaluation-Journal on the opening. “This can be a place we’ve got at all times needed to be, from early on.”