Long had a near-death experience in 1992 when he was in a motorcycle accident. After that, he decided to marry his girlfriend and became a Roman Catholic for her. However, they were unable to marry. Nonetheless, it led him to his calling as a priest, and he was ordained in 2007.
To prepare for his role, Mark Wahlberg put on 30 pounds
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Mark Wahlberg is the most recent actor to undergo physical transformations for a role.
In “Father Stu,” in which he plays a boxer-turned-priest, he gained 30 pounds to portray Stuart Long near the end of his life, when he was suffering from a rare autoimmune disease known as inclusion body myositis.
“The weight gain was terrible,” Wahlberg admitted to Insider. “It’s not something I’d rush into doing again.” To gain weight, the actor began with a two-week diet of 7,000 calories per day. Then, over the last four weeks, he increased his daily calorie intake to 11,000 calories.
Mark Wahlberg Diet
This year, he told E!, “I tried to do it in a healthy way.” “A dozen eggs and bacon, two baked potatoes, a Porterhouse steak, two bowls of white rice, and a glass of olive oil were on the menu. The first two weeks were packed with protein.
The next two weeks were high in carbs. The last two weeks have been spent on starches and then sodium, in order to become as bloated as possible.” But he persevered for the sake of the film, which he had been working on for years.
“I like having to prepare both physically and mentally,” Wahlberg tells EW. “That is always preferable. You kind of say, ‘Okay, I’ve got this movie coming up in three, four, or five months, depending on how much time I have to prepare.’ Let me begin now.’ And I’ve become a little obsessed with it.”
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