- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Justin Bieber has been splashed across headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, and actor Mark Wahlberg has warned the teen star to clean up his act or risk losing everything.

The “Broken City” actor, formerly of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, served 45 days in prison at age 16 after pleading guilty to an assault charge, and he said it was a turning point in his life, the Toronto Sun reported.

Justin, are you listening?” Mr. Wahlberg said during a live web chat with Britain’s The Sun. “Don’t be so naughty … Be a nice boy, pull your trousers up, make your mom proud and stop smoking weed you little b**tard.”


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“He’s a nice enough kid and you’re going to be a teenager,” he continued. “But if you’re being a teen in the spotlight you’re going to be criticized for it. This career can be short-lived — you might as well be the best you can while you’re doing it.”

Mr. Wahlberg was previously in talks to work with the 19-year-old singer on a movie, but the project was put on hold following a raft of setbacks, the Toronto Sun reported. Mr. Bieber’s most recent troubles include a police investigation after he reportedly attacked a man during a early morning brawl in the Hamptons on Sunday.