In his latest film Father Stu, which is Based on a true story, Wahlberg a boxer– to the priest named Stuart Long. He had to gain 30 pounds in just a few weeks for the role and showed that he found it quite difficult.
Wahlberg helped finance the film Father Stu.
Make the rounds when advertising Father StuWahlberg agreed The Greg Hill Show on WEEI 93.7 in Boston to discuss the making of the film. And why he decided to finance the film.
“It wasn’t that hard to get Hollywood to do the movie,” he told the radio host. “It wasn’t like I was proposing it to everyone. This is certainly not the kind of film the studios are going to rush into anyway. People are looking for superhero movies, they’re looking for franchises… Aside from that, I was like, ‘Let me just figure it out for myself so there’s no outside interference in the creativity.’ I slipped it to a few people… but I said, ‘Don’t just do it on our own and take that kind of momentum. I always backed myself anyway.”
Gaining 30 pounds for the film wasn’t easy
Wahlberg also revealed that the film required him to gain 30 pounds in just a few weeks, and it wasn’t an easy feat.
“When I did all the weight gain for this movie, people were like, ‘Oh how funny, you can gain 30 pounds,'” the actor recalled, but added that he couldn’t eat whatever he wanted. “I haven’t eaten Wahlburgers all day,” he said. “I went to this doctor to say, ‘I’m the guy who knows how to do it the healthy way.’ And I’ve only been eating stuff you don’t want to eat a day, let alone eating seven, eight times a day for six weeks.”
The star previously opened up about his calorie intake while filming while he was a guest The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
“Unfortunately, I had to eat 7,000 calories for two weeks and then 11,000 calories for another two weeks,” he explained. “It was fun for about an hour, and then it’s such a hard, physical thing … even when you’re full you wake up after a meal. I ate every three hours.”
Wahlberg spoke about the challenges of gaining and losing weight as you get older
During his chat with Fallon Wahlberg, who turned 50 on June 5, he admitted that now that he’s older, winning and losing as much has become more difficult. But making a film he’s passionate about kept him motivated.
“Once the metabolism slows down, it becomes really difficult. 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,” he said.
Father Stu hits theaters on April 13th.
https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/mark-wahlberg-says-gained-30-pounds-father-stu-movie-eating-stuff-you-wouldnt-want-to-eat-once-a-day.html/ Mark Wahlberg says he gained 30 pounds for ‘Father Stu’ movie by ‘eating things you don’t even want to eat in a day’