Mark Wahlberg chowed down 11,000 energy a day for 2 straight weeks to rework from a boxer to a priest within the true story of Father Stuart Long in “Stu,” the actor revealed on “The Tonight Show.” And for the 2 weeks earlier than that, he had 7,000 energy a day — a process that the actor stated “was fun for about an hour.”
“It’s such a hard, physical thing to do,” Wahlberg stated about his weight achieve. “Losing weight, you just kind of tough it out, you just don’t eat, and exercise. And this, even when you’re full, I would wake up after a meal and have another meal. I was eating every three hours. It was not fun.”
The faith-based drama paperwork the journey Father Stuart Long (affectionately referred to as Father Stu), who was a university soccer participant turned boxer and Montana Golden Gloves champion to actor to museum supervisor to priest. That ultimate life-change occurred one evening after he smashed his bike right into a automobile. In a 2010 interview. he stated, “The witnesses told the sheriffs and reporters that I was rolling down the road and another car ran over the top of me. And here I am.”
“He was a boxer, he tried to become an actor,” Wahlberg stated. “He fell in love and in order to kinda win the girl over he wanted to get baptized. And then he had this horrific accident and then, once he got baptized, he wanted to go all the way and became a priest.”
“His conversion is phenomenal, from being an agnostic trouble maker to having a mystical encounter with God,” Father Bart Tolleson, a priest at Father Stu’s parish Diocese of Helena, advised Catholic News Agency.
Since Wahlberg financed “a lot” of the movie himself, he knew he was “on a ticking clock on [his] own dime” to make the load achieve occur.
“I’ve been trying to get this movie made for six years [and] we only had 30 days to shoot it,” Wahlberg stated. Father Stu would by no means dwell to know of Wahlberg’s curiosity, as he died at age 50 two years after the actor started engaged on the movie.
“Stu” is written and directed by Rosalind Ross, who makes her directorial debut with the movie. Mel Gibson performs his father.
Wahlberg’s drama “Joe Bell” premieres July 23.
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