A project that is particularly close to the heart of the actor, who has gained ten kilos in three weeks.
Update July 20, 2021: Mark Wahlberg detailed on the set of The Tonight Show his high calorie diet to gain weight quickly on the set of Father Stu , by Rosalind Ross : “For two weeks, I had to swallow 7000 calories per day, then 11000 for a fortnight more. Frankly, it was funny for 1 hour … It’s so hard to impose that on yourself. Losing weight is easier, you eat less and do more exercise, but take a lot of it all at once … even when you’re full, you have to wake up after a meal to eat again. I was eating every three hours. It wasn’t fun. “
News of May 6, 2021: For a few weeks, Mark Wahlberg has posted photos and videos of his physical training for his new film, Father Stu , which he is co-producing in addition to playing the main role, that of a boxer who became a priest after having a serious traffic accident. If he is used to muscular roles ( Fighter, No Pain No Gain …), this time, he must gain more weight than muscles, and reveals to have gained ten pounds in just three weeks. He will have to take ten more before playing this character in this drama that is particularly close to his heart:“Kenny lost 50 pounds (22.6 kilos) and I gained 20 (just over 9 kilos). I have to do better! Gain another 20 more. Yes, it’s for a role.”
In March, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Mark Wahlberg would finally shoot Father Stu , a true story that he has been trying to adapt for six years already: David O’Russell (who directed him in Kings of the Desert, J adore Huckabees and Fighter ) was for a time attached to its directing, but it was ultimately Rosalind Ross, Mel Gibson’s partner, who was responsible for writing and directing it. A former horse riding champion, in the early 2010s she became a producer and screenwriter ( Matador, barbarian, Homeward ) and this will be her first film as a director. In Father Stu, Mel Gibson will play the hero’s father (a role he has already held in another register, the comedy Very Bad Dad’s 2 ) and Teresa Ruiz ( Narcos: Mexico ) will play his girlfriend. Filming is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles.