• Mark Wahlberg admitted he might quit acting sooner than later because he wanted to spend more time with his children
  • The "Father Stu" actor said he would be picky with his projects because that would entail losing some time with his kids
  • Wahlberg said his co-star, Jacki Weaver, helped him feel better when he was grieving his mom's death

Mark Wahlberg got candid about his future plans while promoting his new movie "Father Stu."

Wahlberg discussed his family, faith and career as an actor and producer while speaking about his new drama movie "Father Stu." The film covers the real story of a washed-up boxer who found a new purpose as a priest.

Wahlberg, a devout Catholic, said the movie was a passion project. And he admitted that it was drenched with substance that it got into him and made him think about his family.

"I feel like this is starting a new chapter for me in that, now, doing things like this -- real substance -- can help people," he told Entertainment Tonight. "I definitely want to focus on making more. I wouldn't say necessarily just faith-based content but things that will help people. So, hopefully, this movie will open a door for not only myself but for lots of other people in Hollywood to make more meaningful content."

When asked how he would know if it was time to leave the entertainment industry, he hinted that it might happen soon. "Sooner rather than later, probably," he said.

Wahlberg admitted that it became incredibly harder for him to leave his family. So he would be picky when it comes to accepting projects. He already filmed over 60 movies, and at this point in his life, he wanted to spend more time with his kids.

Wahlberg is married to Rhea Durham. They have four children — Ella, 18, Michael, 16, Brendan, 13, and Grace, 12.

"It's gotta be something special to really bring me, you know, to leave home, to leave those guys behind," Wahlberg explained, "because it's the biggest sacrifice in the making for sure."

He also shared how his role helped him when he was grieving his mom's passing. His mother, Alma, passed away in April last year.

"Well, certainly Stu's ability to handle adversity with such dignity and grace has helped me to just focus on the good things and celebrate all the wonderful times," Wahlberg said.

"My mom was so strong even in her most difficult and vulnerable times. She just wanted us to be OK, and if we're lucky enough to live a long life, we're gonna all deal with very difficult times, and it's how you deal with those things and embrace those things and more importantly recognizing, seeing the good in other people," he added.

Jacki Weaver, the actress who played his mother in the movie, helped him get through the pain. According to Wahlberg, he could rely on the actress because "she's a very special person."

"Father Stu" hits theaters on April 13.

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Mark Wahlberg at the premiere of the film “Transformers: The Last Knight” in central London on June 18, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images