Despite being allergic, actor Mark Wahlberg loved his dog co-star so much, he wanted to adopt it

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Apr 02, 2024, 12:00 PM

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Apr 02, 2024, 12:00 PM

LOS ANGELES – There are dog lovers – and then there are dog lovers who adore them, despite being allergic.

One of those diehards is American actor Mark Wahlberg, who went a step further and starred in a movie about a dog.

And by the end of the filming, he even wanted to adopt his canine co-star.

Based on a remarkable true story, Arthur The King sees the Oscar-nominated star play an adventure racer who befriends a wounded stray dog he names Arthur.

The pup then decides to accompany him and his team on a gruelling 700km, 10-day endurance race across the Dominican Republic. As the humans are pushed to their limit, Arthur helps them understand what winning truly means.

Earlier in 2024 at a Los Angeles screening of the adventure film – which opens in Singapore cinemas on April 4 – Wahlberg, 52, gave full credit to the “incredible” Ukai, an Australian Shepherd, border collie and Bouvier des Flandres mix who attended the event along with the rest of the cast.

“To see what he was able to do, performance-wise, when I was talking to him – you always felt like he knew exactly what we were trying to accomplish and achieve emotionally in the scene,” he said.

“It was really incredible to see that. I was, like, ‘Wow’.”

And Wahlberg ended up being smitten with the pooch.

In a recent interview with People magazine, he says he and his family – wife Rhea Durham, a 45-year-old ...

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