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Transformers star Mark Wahlberg: Whether it's piling on weight or shedding it I'm happy to suffer for my art
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 Transformers star Mark Wahlberg: Whether it's piling on weight or shedding it I'm happy to suffer for my art WAHLBERG'S weight loss for the remake of The Gambler made him so cranky, his family begged him to eat.

HE’S known for being buff but Mark Wahlberg’s weight loss for the remake of The Gambler had his family begging him to eat.

The Hollywood star, who turned 43 this week, will show off his trademark rippling muscles in Transformers: Age of Extinction next month.

For that blockbuster he was nearly 14 stone, but to play a literature professor with a betting addiction in his latest film The Gambler, due out next year, he dropped to 9.7 stone.

Wahlberg said: “I was miserable.

“My wife and everybody was just saying, ‘Eat, stay away from us.’ I was very cranky.”

It’s not the first time he has undergone a physical transformation.

For his Hollywood breakthrough the former rap star and Calvin Klein model dropped to 10 stone to play Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights.

But he piled on the pounds to play out-of-shape boxer Micky Ward in 2010’s The Fighter and ate 12 meals a day and put on 40 pounds of muscle to star in last year’s Pain & Gain.

Wahlberg said: “I don’t have a little magic pill or anything, I exercise and change my diet.

“For The Gambler I just jumped rope for two hours a day and I drank only liquid like milk.

“It was a total month of no food and then afterwards you can have greens twice a day.”

Of course, when he finished The Gambler earlier this year and could get back to his normal weight of 11.7st Wahlberg pigged out.

He laughed: “Oh God, I had a pancake breakfast with bacon and eggs and toast and an English muffin.

“And I remember ordering the meal and then the guy came with the English muffin and I went, ‘Dude, I’ve been waiting four months for this f****** English muffin, take it back and make it golden brown.’ But it’s a place that I frequent, so he’s not a stranger, he’s a friend.”

In his 40s and dad to four kids, Wahlberg’s made a career in action movies like The Italian Job, The Fighter, The Departed and in comedies Ted and The Other Guys.

The last couple of years he has moved from being the leading action man to playing the older guy or father – first in 2009’s The Lovely Bones, then in Contraband and now in the fourth instalment of the Transformers movies.

The first three starred Shia LaBeouf with a sexy girlfriend but in the new movie Mark plays a single father who, with his daughter (Nicola Peltz), discovers a deactivated Optimus Prime.

Mark said: “I’m getting older but I embrace that because in certain situations in Hollywood, if Hollywood had their way, the girl would be my girlfriend instead of my daughter right?

"But no, look, I’m a dad and I embrace that. I think that you are lucky to grow in this business and age gracefully, so I’ve no problem with that. I’m married now with four kids and I don’t think I’ve looked in the mirror in 10 years.”

Mark has been with model Rhea Durham since 2001 and married since 2009. His eldest child Ella is 10, with sons Michael, seven, and Brendan, five, and daughter Grace, four.

On screen Mark plays the hero and where Ella is concerned he insists he’s “very, very protective”.

He laughed: “To the furthest possible extent. As far as the actual legal limits.

“Look, those are things that are inevitable and hopefully she’ll find a nice guy and that will be it – one guy forever.”

What happens though if Ella’s boyfriend breaks her heart? Wahlberg was jailed as a teenager in the 80s after attacking a Vietnamese man, leaving him blind in one eye.

He was sentenced to two years and served 45 days of his sentence.

So he’s not joking when he said: “I enjoy my freedom, so I don’t want to have to do anything too crazy.

“But I don’t know, I don’t want to think about it, stop asking me those questions.

“Only a couple more years because I know there’s going to be a lot more of that.”

Back to being a dad on screen and Wahlberg’s character, Cade Yeager, is very different to Shia’s gung-ho teenager in the first three Transformers movies, which have netted more than $2billion dollars.

Wahlberg said: “We felt like we were making a different movie, that was a standalone movie, with different characters, so I can’t think about those sort of things.

“I have to think, am I right for this part? Can I make it believable and realistic and will people believe me in this role?

“And now you start thinking, ‘Well, how is it going to measure up in people’s eyes’, but those things are out of your control.

“I’m modest but I’m extremely confident at the same time, so I’m not too worried about it.”...
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