Mark Wahlberg looks back on a long career in Hollywood. With his role in the film Father Stuthe actor brings to life the true story of Father Stuart Long, from his early days as a boxing champion to his vocation to become a priest.
Wahlberg not only had to enter into Father Stu’s personality, but also into the physical aspect of the role. The actor accepted the challenge of gaining 30 pounds to accurately portray the main character’s final years.
Father Stu is the true story of boxer Stuart Long
The film Father Stu is a biopic that tells the life story of Stuart Long, a boxer-turned-priest, played by Wahlberg. Long began his adulthood as a boxer in Montana, where he won the 1985 Gold Gloves state heavyweight championship. However, a jaw injury ended his boxing career. He then moved to Los Angeles and tried his hand at acting, but that didn’t work out either.
Long had a near-death experience in a motorcycle accident in 1992. After that, he decided to marry his girlfriend and converted to Catholicism for her. But in the end they didn’t get married. Nonetheless, it led him to his vocation as a priest and he managed to be ordained in 2007.
To mark Wahlberg gained 30 pounds to take on the role
Actors often have to gain or lose weight to play characters. For his starring role in Father StuMark Wahlberg had to pack on about 30 pounds to portray the priest near the end of his life as he battles a rare autoimmune disease.
“The weight gain was bad,” Wahlberg said insider. “It’s not something I want to do again.”
To gain that much weight, the actor ate 7,000 calories a day. He got those calories from foods like eggs, steak, and bacon.
“A dozen eggs, a dozen pieces of bacon, two bowls of white rice, a cup of olive oil to start the morning,” he explained. “More eggs, a porterhouse steak. That’s seven to eight meals of it.”
During the last four weeks of the diet, he added 3,000 more calories per day, for a total of 11,000 calories.
Wahlberg accepted the weight gain challenge to ensure audiences focused on the physical nature of Stu’s past.
“Everything about Stu was based on his physicality. To see him lose that, but gaining the mental strength of a thousand men was incredible. I wanted the audience to see and understand that,” he explained.
Visiting Jimmy Fallon last year The Tonight Showthe actor opened up about the weight gain and reportedly regretted it loudly E! news.
“Unfortunately, I had to eat 7,000 calories for two weeks and then 11,000 calories for another two weeks,” he shared. “And it was fun for about an hour. It’s such a hard, physical thing. When you lose weight, you just have to get through it – you just don’t eat and you don’t exercise. And that, even if you’re full, I would wake up after one meal and eat another meal. I ate every three hours. It wasn’t fun.”
In the beginning, Fallon said that gaining and losing weight gets harder with age. “Once the metabolism starts to slow down, it becomes really difficult,” he said. “I’ve been trying to make this film for six years, we only had 30 days to shoot it, so I really wanted to make it happen.”
Mark Wahlberg lost 10 pounds in 5 days for another role
Wahlberg is no stranger to changing his physique for a role. The actor told ET He was training to play a former police detective in a Netflix film donor confidential. “This is our fifth film together, but in all four films we’ve done together, I’ve been weirdly out of shape and eating what I wanted and drinking what I wanted,” Wahlberg said of working with director Peter Berg.
Wahlberg revealed that every film starring Berg called for a different physique. “We made sole survivor immediately after 2 pistols and before that I did pain and Gainso I was really heavy and kind of bloated when we arrived sole survivor,” he said. “And then we did it Deep water horizon where I got as heavy as possible, drank beer and fried food to play a guy who worked on an oil rig. Then we did it Patriots Day where I was limping around, a cop who was kind of out of shape.”
for donor confidentialShe wanted Wahlberg to be “torn up.”
“And I said, ‘OK, no problem,'” Wahlberg said. “So I literally stayed sober for five months and trained like a madman.”
“I just did a bone broth and fast and cleanse and I literally lost 10 pounds in five days. I lost five percent body fat and I literally lost 20 points of visceral fat in five days,” he added. “Just bone broth and then after the first three days steamed veggies and then some protein at night and that’s it.”
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