Mark Wahlberg says gaining 13kg for new film 'took a toll' on him

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  • For his latest role in Father Stu, Mark Wahlberg gained 13kgs.
  • The film directed by Rosalind Ross and is based on the true-life story of Father Stuart Long
  • In a recent interview the actor shared that the recent transformation took a toll on him.

In his acting career, Mark Wahlberg has undergone some dramatic transformation.

Last year he shared photos of his transformation for his latest role in the film Father Stu. At the time, Wahlberg shared that he gained 9kgs in 3 weeks.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Boogie Nights actor revealed that the weight gain took a toll on him.

"I put on 30 pounds (13kg) and went from being a guy who was in fighting shape to a guy who was wheelchair-bound, suffering from a rare muscular degenerative disease. I was just turning 50 by the time we finished the movie, and I was eating 11 000 calories a day. That drastic weight gain really took a toll on me over the course of the last seven, eight months," he explained.

In Father Stu, written and directed by Rosalind Ross and is based on the true-life story of Father Stuart Long, Wahlberg stars as Long, an amateur boxer whose career is derailed due to an injury. He moves to Los Angeles, where he meets a Sunday school teacher.

"Determined to win her over, the long-time agnostic starts going to church to impress her. However, a motorcycle accident leaves him wondering if he can use his second chance to help others, leading to the surprising realisation that he's meant to be a Catholic priest", reads the official synopsis.


Speaking about the role, Wahlberg said in an interview with ExtraTV: "He's such a remarkable man. It was an honour for me to portray him in the film and to tell his story."

An SA release date for the film is yet to be announced.

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