May 18, 2022

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Mark Wallberg traded cast iron for calories for his latest role

Mark Wallberg traded cast iron for calories for his latest role

Actor Mark Wallberg is best known for his relentless training program, which allowed him to maintain a youthful physique at the age of 50. But for his last role in “Father Stu”, he switched to cast iron for food, always in impressive quantities.

“Tenderline of beef, baked potatoes, a dozen eggs every morning, a dozen pieces of bacon, two bowls of white rice, a glass of olive oil …” This is for AFP.

“Large amounts of protein in the first two weeks; Lots of carbs for the next two. And for the past two weeks, I’m been taking a lot of sodium to have this bloated look, but it’s not funny, “Mark Wallberg stressed.

The role of Stuart Long, a boxer who hung up his gloves after an injury to test his luck in Hollywood cinema, needs to change from a muscular athlete to an overweight, overweight person.


Like many others, he does odd jobs in a supermarket, where he meets Carmen, played by Theresa Ruiz (“Narcos”), who tries to win the church she attends.

Despite the skepticism of his parents played by Jackie Weaver (“Happiness Therapy”) and Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”), the deluded atheist finds faith there and decides to become a priest.

He must also face a formidable adversary: ​​a deteriorating diagnosis, which eventually makes his body unusable.


“Father Stowe” was inspired by the true story, and for filmmaker Mark Wallberg, it was a complete departure from action films such as “22 Miles” or “Uncharted”, which he was well acquainted with.

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But to him, it’s not surprising: “It’s an extraordinary character, but it’s a very clear choice if you know a little bit about me, me and my personal background. With age, I want to find things that have a little more meaning and scope, ”he told AFP.

“I always had the impression that I wanted to do this,” the actor adds, explaining that he “puts his talent and his gifts into the service of” God “.”


Apart from its popular religious theme – the film will be released in the United States over the Easter weekend – “Father Stu” also seeks to explore themes of family and human kindness.

For Teresa Ruiz, her character alone focuses on all of these aspects. The Mexican actress explains, “I like her very kind and generous and very steep in religion.

“This is something I saw in my community, I saw in my mother, so I really appreciate creating it for an international audience,” she says.

The cast of “Father Stu”, which also includes Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”), allowed Theresa Ruiz to shoulder a shoulder with a generation of experienced actors and learn from them.


“My trailer is next to Mels (Gibson). So sometimes I take a look and listen to how he prepares, it’s very important for me to see how a great guy works as a young actress, ”she says.

For Jackie Weaver, one of the biggest surprises of the shoot was the discovery of Mark Wallberg and his personality.

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“I thought he was a bad boy because he always plays these tough roles,” the Australian actress told AFP. “But he’s a wonderful man.”