You may not have seen Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights since it premiered twenty-five years ago, but chances are you can still remember the film’s final scene — the one where star Mark Wahlberg unzips his pants to reveal an alarmingly large prosthetic.
Wahlberg played aspiring adult film performer Dirk Diggler in the period drama set in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, and while Diggler’s legendary endowment is often discussed throughout the film, audience’s jaws still dropped at that final shot.
And in a sort of “Where are they now?” but for foot-long prosthetics, we now know the current resting spot of the disproportionate prop: locked up in a safe in Wahlberg’s home.
During an April 12 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen asked about the famed phallus.
“Is it true that you still have the prosthetic you wore in ‘Boogie Nights’?” she asked.
“Yes, yes. It’s in a safe locked away,” Wahlberg replied. “It’s not something I could leave out. All of a sudden my kids are looking for a spare phone charger and pull that thing out and go, ‘What the heck is this?!’ It wouldn’t be a good look.”
The film was a major turning point in Wahlberg’s career, catapulting him from rapper/underwear model to bona fide movie star.
“The expectations were so low when I started acting,” Wahlberg remembered. “You do something remotely interesting, ‘Oh my god, he’s fantastic!’ Next thing you know, they nominate me for an Oscar and I didn’t even do anything. But I definitely worked harder than everybody and I wanted to make sure that I could prove to filmmakers that I was capable of doing the best job for them and I would do anything for them.”