Mark Wahlberg lets it all go: Star reveals his dramatic body transformation over three weeks as he puts on 30 pounds for new film
- Mark Wahlberg is piling on the pounds for his role as a boxer-turned-priest in the upcoming film Father Stu
- He told Jimmy Kimmel last month that he needs to put on 30 pounds in six weeks
- He shared a jaw-dropping before-and-after photo on Monday afternoon
- The Boogie Nights star said he wanted to ‘eat everything in sight’ after being on a strict food regimen ‘for so long’
- It is a far cry from the star’s usual health regime – which involved two work outs a day and getting up at 2:30am
Mark Wahlberg showed off his dramatic body transformation, after trying to ‘put on as much weight as possible’ for his role as a boxer-turned-priest in the upcoming film Father Stu.
After revealing he was planning to put on 30 pounds in six weeks on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! last month, the 49-year-old shared an update on his progress with his more than 16.3 million Instagram followers.
‘From this 3 weeks ago, to this, now. Thanks to @chef_lawrence_d cooking,’ the Ballers star captioned his jaw-dropping before-and-after on Monday afternoon.
In Wahlberg’s shirtless photo from three weeks ago, he could be seen displaying his muscular figure at the gym.
The second snap, taken after he purposely packed on the pounds, captured him laying in bed, looking visibly heavier without his washboard abs.
Talking about his plans to gain weight for the role, the Boogie Nights star said he wanted to ‘eat everything in sight’ after being on a strict food regimen ‘for so long.’
‘I want to go bakeries. I want to go to Denny’s. I want to get pancakes. I want to get everything I can possibly get my hands on,’ he told Kimmel.
It is a far cry from the star’s usual keep fit regime.
In 2018, Wahlberg shocked his followers when he revealed his carefully regimented schedule.
He claimed that his ‘typical’ day began with him waking up at 2:30 am, followed by ‘prayer time’ 15 minutes later.
His 3:15am breakfast was followed by a workout last from 3:40 to 5:15 in the morning, which he followed up with a ‘post-workout meal’ and a shower.
The Boogie Nights star was golfing by 7:30 and using a cryo chamber for recovery at 9:30, with a short break for a snack between
Much of the later morning into the afternoon and evening were devoted to his work, whether it was related to his Hollywood career or his business investments, like his Wahlburgers restaurant chain.
His family got two blocks of four hours total devoted to them, though one of the spots on the schedule was also shared with ‘meetings’ and ‘work calls.’
Some social media fans wondered if the schedule posted to Wahlberg’s Insta Stories was accurate, given its unforgiving schedule and lack of much downtime.
The role in Father Stu will be something of a return to form for Wahlberg, who scored a Best Picture nomination as a producer in 2010 for the David O. Russell film The Fighter.
Mark portrayed the titular character, boxer Micky Ward, in the movie.
Father Stu is a faith-based biopic loosely based on the late Father Stuart Long, who started off his career as a boxer and eventually became a priest.
The movie, which has been said to be close to Wahlberg’s heart for a number of years, was written and is directed by Gibson’s girlfriend Rosalind Ross.