Mark Wahlberg Drank Cups Of Olive Oil To Gain Weight For His Role In “Father Stu”
That picture of Mark Wahlberg above looks a little different from his underwear-modeling days, and that would be because Marky Mark had been funky bunching up on calories to prepare for his role in the upcoming biopic Father Stu. Mark previously revealed that he was downing 7,000 to 11,000 calories a day in preparation to bring the titular Father Stuart Long to life because clearly Father Stu wasn’t aggressively shredded at all times like Mark is in real life. Now we’re learning the secrets to Mark’s success. Apparently, it’s chugging olive oil by the glass full.
Father Stu comes out next week, so Mark has been making the rounds to promote what will surely be an Oscar-nominated masterpiece (the film co-stars Mel Gibson, what could possibly go wrong?). Mark has previously said that he really didn’t enjoy eating so many calories for the film, but that he’d invested his own money in the project and wanted to make sure it was done right. According to his personal chef, Mark’s diet was beyond boring. He ate tons of eggs, dark greens, “good” carbs, protein shakes, and spoonfuls of olive oil. At some point, Mark must have made the spoons disappear faster than a hate crime edit on his Wikipedia page because now the story he’s telling is that his olive oil was served to him in a cup. To be fair, “8oz cup of oil” sounds like a menu option at Wahlburgers. But this is different. via Entertainment Tonight:
“I wasn’t eating anything that you would think, ‘Oh my God, I get to sit on the couch and eat ice cream and pizzas,'” he explained. “… I tried to do it in a healthy way. It was a dozen eggs and a dozen pieces of bacon, two baked potatoes, a Porterhouse steak, two bowls of white rice, and a glass of olive oil. The first two weeks were high proteins. The second two weeks were a lot of carbs. The last two weeks starches, and then sodium, just to kind of get as bloated as possible. So not a lot of fun.”
He added that he had to eat a ton because he was still working out. He needed to work up an appetite for all that oil and bacon, so he’d hit the gym and lift weights until he felt hungry enough to chow down. Mark says he had six weeks to put on the weight, and that at the age of 50, growing his body in such a short amount of time wasn’t the healthiest choice. But despite Mark’s six-week torture session for his lower intestines, Mark was pleased with the results, and that it was important to him to make the movie in a “down and dirty, gritty, independent way.”
Mark justifies all that oil drinking by arguing that he wanted to gain weight the healthy way. But it begs the question: Is there even a healthy way to gain 30 lbs in six weeks off an 11,000 diet? I’m going to guess Mr. Food Pyramid wouldn’t sanction such a thing. Mark should have saved himself the trouble of gagging down all that olive oil and rice, and just eaten every meal at The Cheesecake Factory. Hundreds of high-calorie menu items, all delicious. And at least when Mark is inevitably nominated for a Razzie, he can say, “Oh well, at least all those Pasta Napoletanas were delicious!”