Mark Wahlberg, the impossibly buff actor, looked unrecognizable in a fat suit while filming his latest project, “Father Stu,” in Los Angeles on Friday.
New photos show the 49-year-old, who has gained at least 20 pounds for his latest role as a boxer-turned-priest, visibly heavier, particularly around the waist, with obvious prosthetics and makeup to complete the transformation.
Wahlberg has been open about bulking up for the role, sharing several updates on how the scale is climbing.
On May 1, Wahlberg revealed that he had gained “about 20” pounds so far, along with a side-by-side comparison of how his body had changed in just three weeks.
To quickly gain weight, the former Calvin Klein underwear model began eating 7,000 calories per day, thanks to a customized meal plan devised by his chef, Lawrence Duran.
Wahlberg has been working on “Father Stu” as a side project for the past six years. Mel Gibson co-stars in the film, and Rosalind Ross, Gibson’s longtime collaborator, wrote the script and made her directorial debut with the biopic.
The film will tell the true story of Father Stuart Long, who was born in Helena, Montana. According to Father Long’s obituary from 2014, the priest “excelled” in boxing as a young adult, winning Montana’s Golden Gloves heavyweight title in 1985.
Unfortunately, Long’s long professional boxing career was cut short after undergoing reconstructive jaw surgery in the late 1980s.
Long did not have an easy life on his nearly 20-year journey from boxer to the man of the church. As detailed in his obituary, he struggled with several issues, including a near-fatal motorcycle accident.