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Mark Wahlberg Shows Off Progress On His Goal To Gain 30 Pounds

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Actors are known for going to great lengths to embody their characters, and sometimes this includes losing or gaining weight.

Mark Wahlberg, who generally has a svelte action star physique, recently revealed that he's attempting to pack on the pounds for an upcoming role.

It's been a busy few years for Wahlberg.

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It could be argued that the actor has been going full-steam for two decades now.

Wahlberg appeared in three movies — Spenser Confidential, Scoob!, and Joe Bell in 2020, and one movie — Infinite in 2021.

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There's more on the horizon.

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Wahlberg will star in video game adaptation Uncharted in 2022. But another upcoming movie — Father Stu — has captured everyone's attention.

There isn't much info about Father Stu online. All we really know at this point is that Wahlberg plans to put on an additional 30 pounds for his role. For a gym rat like Wahlberg, that's really saying something.

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It looks like shooting is underway.

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It also looks like Operation Dad Bod is underway, as Wahlberg has leaked a few recent photos on Instagram. It's hard to say if he's put on the full 30 pounds yet or not, but the photos show definite progress.

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Here's the before pic.

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Wahlberg helpfully shared a before and after comparison on Instagram. Here's the ripped Mark Wahlberg we've all come to know and love. But a more recent photo shows just how much his body has changed.

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Progress!

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In the post, Wahlberg thanked his chef for helping him get to this level. His wife Rhea chimed in as well, saying that her husband looks just as hot in person.

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It's created some buzz for his upcoming roles.

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While nobody had heard of Father Stu until this week, everybody's talking about it now — and it's all thanks to Wahlberg's dad bod pic. It'll be interesting to see what he looks like in the finished product.

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