Mark Wahlberg unveils dramatic body transformation in just ‘three weeks’ for role in Father Stu


Mark Wahlberg showed off his dramatic body transformation, after trying to ‘put on as much weight as possible’ for his role as a boxer-turned-priest in the upcoming film Father Stu. 

After revealing he was planning to put on 30 pounds in six weeks on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! last month, the 49-year-old shared an update on his progress with his  more than 16.3 million Instagram followers.  

‘From this 3 weeks ago, to this, now. Thanks to @chef_lawrence_d cooking,’ the  Ballers star captioned his jaw-dropping before-and-after on Monday afternoon. 

New look: Wahlberg showed off his dramatic body transformation, after trying to ‘put on as much weight as possible’ for his role as a boxer-turned-priest in the upcoming film Father Stu

In Wahlberg’s shirtless photo from three weeks ago, he could be seen displaying his muscular figure at the gym.  

The second snap, taken after he purposely packed on the pounds, captured him laying in bed, looking visibly heavier without his washboard abs. 

Talking about his plans to gain weight for the role, the Boogie Nights star said he wanted to ‘eat everything in sight’ after being on a strict food regimen ‘for so long.’

'From this 3 weeks ago, to this, now. Thanks to @chef_lawrence_d cooking,' the Ballers star captioned his jaw-dropping before-and-after on Monday afternoon

‘From this 3 weeks ago, to this, now. Thanks to @chef_lawrence_d cooking,’ the Ballers star captioned his jaw-dropping before-and-after on Monday afternoon

Just temporary: The second snap, taken after he purposely packed on the pounds, captured him laying in bed, looking visibly heavier without his washboard abs

Just temporary: The second snap, taken after he purposely packed on the pounds, captured him laying in bed, looking visibly heavier without his washboard abs

‘I want to go bakeries. I want to go to Denny’s. I want to get pancakes. I want to get everything I can possibly get my hands on,’ he told Kimmel. 

It is a far cry from the star’s usual keep fit regime.

In 2018, Wahlberg shocked his followers when he revealed his carefully regimented schedule.

He claimed that his ‘typical’ day began with him waking up at 2:30 am, followed by ‘prayer time’ 15 minutes later.

His 3:15am breakfast was followed by a workout last from 3:40 to 5:15 in the morning, which he followed up with a ‘post-workout meal’ and a shower.

The Boogie Nights star was golfing by 7:30 and using a cryo chamber for recovery at 9:30, with a short break for a snack between 

Busy: In 2018, Wahlberg shocked his fans by claiming he wakes up at 2:30 a.m. most days and has a jam-packed day full of workouts and little time to relax, before going to bed at 7:30 p.m.

Busy: In 2018, Wahlberg shocked his fans by claiming he wakes up at 2:30 a.m. most days and has a jam-packed day full of workouts and little time to relax, before going to bed at 7:30 p.m.

Much of the later morning into the afternoon and evening were devoted to his work, whether it was related to his Hollywood career or his business investments, like his Wahlburgers restaurant chain.

His family got two blocks of four hours total devoted to them, though one of the spots on the schedule was also shared with ‘meetings’ and ‘work calls.’

Some social media fans wondered if the schedule posted to Wahlberg’s Insta Stories was accurate, given its unforgiving schedule and lack of much downtime.

In a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, he talked about his plans to gain weight for the role

In a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, he talked about his plans to gain weight for the role

Trademark physique: Once he¿s finished with Father Stu, Wahlberg will have to slim down or turn the 30 pounds of fat into muscle, when he takes on the title role in The Six Billion Dollar Man.; Mark seen here in 2019

Trademark physique: Once he’s finished with Father Stu, Wahlberg will have to slim down or turn the 30 pounds of fat into muscle, when he takes on the title role in The Six Billion Dollar Man.; Mark seen here in 2019

The role in Father Stu will be something of a return to form for Wahlberg, who scored a Best Picture nomination as a producer in 2010 for the David O. Russell film The Fighter. 

Mark portrayed the titular character, boxer Micky Ward, in the movie.   

Father Stu is a faith-based biopic loosely based on the late Father Stuart Long, who started off his career as a boxer and eventually became a priest.

The movie, which has been said to be close to Wahlberg’s heart for a number of years, was written and is directed by Gibson’s girlfriend Rosalind Ross. 

Once he’s finished with Father Stu, Wahlberg will have to slim down or turn the 30 pounds of fat into muscle, when he takes on the title role in The Six Billion Dollar Man. 

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