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Off the Cuff: Donnie Wahlberg on Going From Teen Pop to TV Cop

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Peter Travers sat down with Donnie Wahlberg to discuss the performer's unusual career trajectory from pop stardom as a member of New Kids on the Block to becoming a respected actor in the CBS cop drama Blue Bloods. In this lively conversation, Wahlberg clears up the misconception that he is the basis for  the character Johnny Drama on his brother Mark's show Entourage, explains how his upbringing in Boston attracted him to the writing on Blue Bloods and why he and other New Kids never felt threatened by his summer tourmates the Backstreet Boys when they blew up in the late Nineties. Plus, Wahlberg shares a recording of himself rapping during a radio interview in 1989!

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