Mark Wahlberg had to postpone his honeymoon for “The Fighter”

46599, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Saturday October 23, 2010. Mark Wahlberg, his wife Rhea Durham, and their three children attend the Pottery Barn Kids' Halloween Carnival benefitting Operation Smile in LA. Photograph:  Rick Williams, PacificCoastNews.com
Pictures from the set of The Fighter show Christian Bale looking emaciated and sickly for his role, but that’s not surprising. Bale is known for going all out for his roles, like he did for The Machinist.

Mark Wahlberg, on the other hand, is and always will be famous for his abs and underwear when he was known as Marky Mark. But for his role in The Fighter, he had to do more than just be in good shape — he had to train to move like a real boxer.

Wahlberg began his training for this film four years ago, but the film was stuck in limbo due to casting and financial problems. Not deterred, Wahlberg kept training.

Early on, Wahlberg and his boxing trainer, Bo Cleary, made a decision about their strategy to prep the star. “Bo always said, ‘If we stay in shape, we don’t have to get in shape,’” recalls Wahlberg, 39. “And I wanted to look like a world-class boxer, not just like some actor who can box pretty good.”

So Wahlberg built a boxing ring at his Beverly Hills home. When he went away to shoot other projects, he took his trainers along. From Philadelphia (The Happening) to Toronto (Max Payne), Wahlberg immersed himself in the sweet science. “We’d get up at four in the morning and work the speed bag for an hour before he went to set,” says Cleary, 44, a fitness coach who’s known Wahlberg for 15 years. “In the afternoon, I’d bring the gloves on the set, and he’d give me six rounds and go back to work sweaty. The director would be like, ‘Don’t get too sweaty.’”

[Entertainment Weekly, print edition, November 19, 2010]

After Christian Bale signed on and the film got a green light, Wahlberg’s workouts got even more intense.

“We’d train 8, 10 hours a day,” says Wahlberg….”We would start the day at six in the morning, running eight miles to church and back. We’d have breakfast and then start training….There were times where I was like, ‘Oh my God, what did I get myself into?’” admits Wahlberg, who sparred scores of rounds with seasoned fighters. “They want to pop you, and they want you to lay down. But I’m the same way. I still got the ring in my house.”

[Entertainment Weekly, print edition, November 19, 2010]

Despite his manly image, Wahlberg says he’s just a big softy at heart who loves his wife Rhea and their four children.

“I was watching Behind the Music on Fantasia with my wife, and I must have cried five times. My wife was like, “You’re such a softy, but that’s why I love you.’ I’m just always happy to see people overcome the odds and achieve their goals….

Neither [marriage or fatherhood] should be feared. They should be embraced. They’re the most important parts of life. But you gotta do it at the right time. You have to be ready, and you obviously have to do it for the right reasons and find the right person. Both marriage and fatherhood are the best things that have happened to me.”

[Women's Health, print edition, December 2010]

Mark and Rhea had three kids before they were married in 2009. But Mark’s busy schedule kept them from having a honeymoon.

“We’ve been married for over a year, but I was shooting The Fighter at the time. I flew home on a Saturday morning, we got married [that] afternoon, had a party at our house, and then Sunday morning I was back on a plane. So we’re taking our honeymoon now in the Bahamas.”

[Women's Health, print edition, December 2010]

It’s a long shot, but Mark may get a second Oscar nomination for The Fighter. The film opens December 10.

Actor Mark Wahlberg (L) kisses his wife Rhea Durham as their children Ella, Grace, Michael and Brendan look on during an unveiling ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on July 29, 2010. Wahlberg was honored with the 2,414th star on the Walk of Fame.  UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

Actor Mark Wahlberg and his wife Rhea Durham gather their children Ella, Grace, Michael and Brendan around his star during an unveiling ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on July 29, 2010. Wahlberg was honored with the 2,414th star on the Walk of Fame. Woman at left is unidentified.  UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 16: Mark Wahlberg (R) and his wife Rhea Durham arrive at HBO's 'Entourage' Season 7 premiere held at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on June 16, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 16: Mark Wahlberg (R) and his wife Rhea Durham arrive at HBO's 'Entourage' Season 7 premiere held at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on June 16, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

 

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  1. PrettyTarheel says:

    I think Rhea Durham is so beautiful.

  2. Jayna says:

    Beautiful family. I hope he’s not one of these Catholic celebs that parades his big family around like he’s a great husband and spiritual, but secretly is a macho jerk and cheats.

  3. bellaluna says:

    Considering she was pregnant with their 4th kid when they got married, and how they’d been together so long when they finally got married, and also that he IS Mark Wahlberg, I wouldn’t have complained. But I’ve loved him long time, so that’s just me.

    @ Jayna – I don’t think he acts like that – they had 3 kids and she was pregnant with their 4th (or had just had their 4th) when they got married in a beautiful ceremony in a nice Catholic church. He doesn’t seem to be that kind of man. In fact, Donnie doesn’t strike me as that kind of man either.

  4. sapphire says:

    Always thought he was seriously hot-nice to know he’s got other good qualities

  5. malachais says:

    i hope this movie is better than his more recent ones, mark is a pretty good actor..and rhea looks amazing after 4 kids.

  6. InVain says:

    Marky Mark will always be my number one crush. Love him…although I don’t think he’s aging well in the face. He does seem to be a genuinely good guy – his wife is gorgeous and so are those kids! Cute..love me some Mark. I’d make every day a honeymoon with him.

  7. WTF? says:

    I LOVE THIS DUDE! There is something so sexy about a man committed to his family. And he’s a talented little actor. I don’t think he gets enough credit because whenever I see him on screen all I think is ‘so when are you going to take your shirt off?’ I know….women are pigs.

  8. 4Real says:

    She’s FUG! Are you serious!? This coupling is worse the Johnny Depp and his fug. I don’t get it!!

  9. skibunny says:

    He is so underrated and handsome. I love him!! He’s one of the better actors out there. IMO

  10. cprincess says:

    I think shes beautiful and I love him!

  11. Ashley says:

    Not to be a jerk – but it was The Machinist not The Mechanic

  12. Aurelia says:

    Rhea kinda looks like Scarlett Johansen in the first pic.

  13. filly says:

    At least they look more normal than the wedding photos where it looked like she couldn’t stand him. There’s something weird about them.