According to Wahlberg, production will begin on Monday.
Mark Wahlberg, an actor typically known for being one of the industry’s most trusted amateur action heroes, has revealed in a new interview he’s ready to pack 30 pounds to play boxer-turned-priest Father Stuart Long in the upcoming biopic Father Stu. The fascinating real-life story will co-star Mel Gibson as Wahlberg’s father on screen for the second time after the comedy sequel Daddy’s House 2and longtime partner of Gibson Rosalind ross wrote the script in which she will also make her feature film directorial debut.
Narcos: Mexico star Teresa Ruiz is also on board as Long’s girlfriend, and according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, is a movie that Wahlberg has been trying to make for several years. Once he was attached to the project with the aim of having David O. Russell direct, but Ross has been working on the script for a while, having become something of a popular screenwriting doctor in the industry since she gained recognition for her 2016 screenplay. Barbarian, which ended up on the Black List.
in a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Wahlberg revealed that production will begin Monday with all the boxing scenes cared for first, before he has a chance to binge on whatever he wants to gain the necessary weight.
“After doing the boxing scenes, I can gain as much weight as possible over the course of the movie, so I challenge myself to gain 30 pounds in the next six weeks. … They want me to make it as healthy as possible and I say ‘Dude, I’ve been on that regimen for so long, I just want to eat everything in sight.’ … I want to go to bakeries. I want to go to Denny’s. I want pancakes. I want to get everything I can get my hands on. ”
The real Stuart Long’s boxing career ended after a broken jaw, so he moved to Los Angeles to try to enter the movie business before suffering a horrific motorcycle accident that saw him hit by a car and then hit by other. During his recovery in the hospital, he claimed to have had an out-of-body spiritual experience, which led him to enlist in a seminary in Oregon. While studying for the priesthood, he was diagnosed with a rare degenerative muscle disease and was unable to walk without assistance when ordained, and his condition worsened to the point where he spent his final years in a motorized chair before passing away in 2014.
Wahlberg might be best known for his mid-budget action thriller series, but he also landed an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in The dead people, and his latest boxing drama saw him score a second Oscar nod after producing The fighter, which was shortlisted for Best Picture. Based on the incredible life story of Father Stu, it sounds like an award-winning role and perhaps even a career-defining performance for Wahlberg. See the complete Jimmy Kimmel Live interview with the actor below.
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