Mark Wahlberg Said Eating 11,000 Calories To Prepare for New Role Was ‘Not Fun’

by Jennifer Shea

Actor Mark Wahlberg had to take part in a grueling, punishing weight gain regimen to bulk up for his role in the upcoming movie “Stu.” And he did not have much fun doing it.

Wahlberg shared a bit about what it was like during a recent appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” In the film, Wahlberg plays a boxer who becomes a priest. The movie star said the three-week process of gaining weight for the film was “fun for about an hour.”

“Unfortunately, I had to consume, for two weeks, 7,000 calories, and then for another two weeks, 11,000 calories,” Wahlberg said. “It’s such a hard, physical thing to do. Losing weight, you just kind of tough it out, you just don’t eat, and exercise.”

“This, even when you’re full, I would wake up after a meal and have another meal,” Wahlberg explained. “I was eating every three hours. It was not fun.”

Messing With His Weight Has Gotten Harder With Age

Unlike his brother Donnie, who reportedly really packs it in during the family dinner scenes on “Blue Bloods,” Mark Wahlberg doesn’t enjoy eating for hours. He admitted to “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon that it’s not so easy to put on and then take off weight anymore. At 50, Wahlberg’s body is not as elastic as it once was.

“Once the metabolism starts to slow down, it gets really difficult,” he told Fallon. “I was trying to get this movie made for six years, we only had 30 days to shoot it, and so I wanted to really make it happen.”

“And [I] was also crazy to have financed a lot of it myself,” he added. “So I knew I was on a ticking clock on my own dime. And you get things done pretty quickly when that’s the case.”

Fortunately for Wahlberg, a fitness professional who he declared to be “very smart” was helping him transform for the role.

Mark Wahlberg Thought Gaining Weight Would Be Fun

The actor had big plans for his transformation process, he said in an April 8 appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Before he began, he thought it would be fun to pack on the pounds.

Wahlberg told Kimmel he planned to be “eating lots of burgers and lots of buns” to gain weight. He added that his first weight-gain meal would be “20-piece chicken nugget and 20-piece hot wings from Kentucky Fried Chicken with a six-pack of beer.”

“Why not start with a bang?” Wahlberg said. “I might need a porta-potty too, but you know what, I’m ready to go.”

But as Wahlberg found out, messing with his weight was not something to be undertaken lightly. He put on at least 20 pounds during that three-week period. And taking them back off was no easy feat. It just goes to show Wahlberg is willing to suffer for his art.