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Never say Mark Wahlberg isn't a good sport! During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Broken City star treated the audience to a rousing and off-key performance of the Boogie Nights song "You Got The Touch" -- or at least as much as he remembered of it.
"I forgot the words, but it was 16 years ago," Wahlberg finally said after performing a portion of the song. But, of course, it wasn't exactly his idea to do the embarrassing solo.
That was a personal request from me, and I really appreciate it," Jimmy Kimmel said, as his guest took a seat.
But what Kimmel didn't realize is the fact that "You Got The Touch" wasn't written to be a terrible song in the hit 1997 movie. It actually was penned to be a real hit.
"I knew that there was an original because when Paul Thomas Anderson sent me the song he actually sent me the song along with the lyrics and I was like, 'This is really bad,'" Wahlberg said.
Though he initially rose to fame thanks to the hip-hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, Wahlberg has always known that he can't sing. He thought it would be easy when director Paul Thomas Anderson asked him to make the song sound bad. Unfortunately, the task was more difficult than it appeared.
"The funny thing is they were like, 'We know you can't sing, so try to sing it as good as you possibly can,'" he said. "We're in the studio for hours. I'm like, 'Dude, it's supposed to be bad.' But he's like, 'No, it has to be your good version of bad.' ... I was trying to distance myself from my music and past, but not like that."
For a look back at the original, check out this clip from Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights. Wahlberg's voice was only slightly more in tune that time!