Mark Wahlberg shows off his recent 20lb weight gain while filming his new religious drama Stu on Friday.
The actor, who racked up pounds to play a boxer-turned-priest in the Rosalind Ross-directed film, also had the help of a big suit and prosthetics to complete the transformation.
On the set in Los Angeles, the 49-year-old could be seen with a prosthetic chin to give him a fuller look as he filmed with his co-star Mel Gibson.
Big man on set: Mark Wahlberg wore a big suit as he got to work filming his new movie Sty on Friday
A few pounds more: The actor, who gained weight to play a boxer-turned-priest in the film directed by Rosalind Ross, also received the help of a big costume and prosthetics to achieve the transformation.
The missing actor plays father Stuart Long and Gibson, 65, plays his father.
The project – which Wahlberg has been working on for six years – is based on real-life priest Father Long, and documents twists and turns in his fascinating history.
Ross, Gibson’s longtime girlfriend, also wrote the script for the biopic. It will be his directorial debut.
In his youth, Long fled his Catholic faith for a career in boxing, but suffered from a broken jaw which hampered his progress. He then decided to travel to Los Angeles to embark on an acting career. But it also didn’t go as planned, as Long was involved in a horrific motorcycle accident.
Transformation: Wahlberg showed extra weight around his face thanks to prosthetics
Close shave: Wahlberg also shaved his head for his role in the religious drama he is producing
While in the hospital, he had an out-of-body experience and regained his faith, soon enlisting at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon.
But things got worse during his studies, when he was diagnosed with a rare degenerative muscle disease. By the time he was ordained a priest he was on crutches.
When he became a full-fledged priest working in Montana, he performed duties in a motorized chair. He died in 2014.
Ready to roll: The 49-year-old actor donned a patterned sweater for the shoot on Friday
Project: Stu is based on the real-life priest Father Stuart Long and documents the twists and turns of his fascinating life
Fascinating story: Father Stuart Long, who died in 2014, rediscovered his faith and became a priest later in life
On Thursday, Wahlberg shared photos on social media revealing his new buzzcut ahead of filming.
And earlier this month, he thanked his personal chef, Lawrence Duran, who showed off his 20lb weight gain and revealed he wants to gain 20lbs more for the movie, which he is also producing.
Duran told E! News that Wahlberg eats “eight meals a day at about 7,000 calories” in order to achieve his six-week extreme transformation.
To add at least 30 pounds, the actor must stop and eat “about every three hours” and is under the supervision of a doctor and nutritionist.
All star cast: Mel Gibson was also seen on set with Wahlberg who could be seen in a wheelchair
The 65-year-old actor pushed Wahlberg in his wheelchair during one scene. We don’t know much about the script
The missing actor plays father Stuart Long and Gibson, 65, plays his father. Teresa Ruiz (Narcos: Mexico) is on board to play Long’s girlfriend
“We meet a team of doctors doing their blood tests and a nutritionist who gives us a full breakdown of what their body needs, what their body is lacking and basically make a meal plan accordingly,” explained Duran.
“We make good carbs, dark green vegetables, and then we just switch proteins throughout the day and, at least, a dozen eggs a day,” Duran said.
As for the “time” it will take for Wahlberg to lose weight and regain his lean physique, Duran said “it varies.”
“For him, he can drop it pretty quickly. In a few weeks you will probably see a drastic change, ”he guessed.
Los Angeles sets: Gibson stripped off a white tank top during a scene
New look: Wahlberg showed off his buzz cut in this Instagram snap on Thursday. He looked bigger but not as tall as his photos on set
“Wahlberg has been doing this his whole life, whereas for the average person it can take months. Not everyone’s body is the same and their meal plan may not work for you or me, ”he concluded.
Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel on April 8, Wahlberg said he looked forward to eating “lots of burgers and lots of buns,” but added he was working with a professional to help him stay healthy. .
“They want me to do it as healthy as possible and I’m like ‘Dude I’ve been on this diet for so long, I just want to eat whatever is in sight,’ he said.
“I want to go to bakeries, I want to go to Denny’s, I want pancakes, I want to have whatever I can possibly get my hands on,” Wahlberg added.
Stacking the pounds: Earlier this month, he thanked his personal chef Lawrence Duran who showed off his 20-pound weight gain and revealed he wants to gain an extra 20 pounds for the film, which he is also producing
Rosalind Ross, Gibson’s longtime girlfriend, also wrote the script for the biopic. It will be his directorial debut. Seen here in 2019