Mark Wahlberg: ‘It’s easier to stay in shape than it is to get in shape’

Mark Wahlberg is promoting his film with Tom Holland, Uncharted. My son wants to go see it. I haven’t decided if I’m going to make his dad take him or if I’ll join them. It looks good, but I rarely make an effort for Mark’s movies. I can’t figure out if Tom negates that or not. Anyway, Mark plays some death-defying video-game character come to life. That’s not the plot, I mean Uncharted is a popular video game and they’ve made one of the more successful versions into a film. So obviously Mark and Tom do crazy stunts and action sequences and have to be in incredible shape. Mark was talking to the Australian radio show Kylie & Jacki O recently, about his various weight gains and losses. Last year Mark put on 30 pounds for the biopic Father Stu. Mark said that little journey taught him that, “it’s easier to stay in shape than it is to get in shape,” citing his age as the main culprit for struggling to shed the weight.

Mark Wahlberg isn’t a fan of making body transformations for movies.

The 50-year-old actor appeared on Australian radio show Kyle & Jackie Owhere he opened up about his “difficult” experience gaining weight for his role as a boxer-turned-priest in the upcoming film, Father Stu.

When hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson asked Wahlberg whether it was easier to lose weight or gain weight for a role, he admitted, “I would say it’s easier to stay in shape than it is to get in shape.”

“I put on 30 pounds… that was really difficult,” he explained, reflecting on his physical preparations for Father Stu. “I’m not getting younger.”

[From People]

I’d agree with Mark’s assessment, even if he side-stepped the question. He was b*tching about how hard it was to put on the weight so maybe that why he didn’t want to answer directly. But I find that I can maintain easier than I can lose. I’ve been losing and finding the same four pounds for about five months now. I know that’s not the kind of weight they’re talking about in the article, but I think most people understand losing 30 pounds is hard work – at any age. I’m kind of over people making these huge body transformations anyway. If a character gains weight during the course of a movie, I’d see that as the one appropriate call for padding. And if an actor really felt it was truly necessary to gain the weight for the character’s sake, they wouldn’t need to talk about it so much.

Plus, significant weight loss and gain is almost always done as award bait, which is why Mark did it for Father Stu. The trailer is out now. One piece of information that’s conspicuously absent until now is that this ‘truly inspirational’ film costars Mel Gibson. A film about redemption starring a couple of racists? I think I’m busy that night, sorry.

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  1. Dutch says:

    “It’s easier to stay in shape when it’s your multi-million dollar job to do so and you can pay (or better yet have a studio pay) a team of trainers and nutritionists to get you there when you let yourself go a little.”

    Fixed that for you Marky Mark

  2. Becks1 says:

    Yeah, I mean that makes sense. It’s easier for me to maintain my weight within a 5 lb range or so than it is for me to try to lose 30 pounds (like I’m currently trying to do, stupid pandemic weight, but I am halfway there!) but once I’m there I am just focusing on maintaining. Getting to that point won’t make me super thin, it wont turn me into a supermodel lol, but I’m perfectly okay with that.

    Maintaining is also cheaper bc you don’t have to buy new clothes, lol.

    I can’t remember the last Mark Wahlberg movie I saw. The Italian Job?

    • Eurydice says:

      Good for you, I’m struggling to lose 10 pandemic pounds, which will get me to where I’ve always needed to lose another 10 pounds. My friends all say that they’ve done a billion chores during the lockdown, all I’ve managed to do is wear a path from my computer to the refrigerator.

      I think The Italian Job was the last Wahlberg movie I saw, too. Actually, whenever I see his face, I have to remember he’s not Matt Damon.

      • Becks1 says:

        That was exactly my situation…..I was up about 10-15 pounds from where I wanted to be when the pandemic hit, and then I gained another 10-15 pounds during the pandemic (from March 2020 to July 2021, so it kind of crept up on me.)

        I’ve just been focusing on kind of a general reset. Like I’m not doing anything drastic, just tracking calories in MFP most days and trying not to go crazy with the sugar etc. but I know how I am, and if I say “no doughnuts ever again” my life will be very sad and I’ll end up eating a dozen doughnuts next month in one sitting anyway, lol. So its been kind of slow going (about 1-2 lbs a month) but I feel a lot better bc it feels more sustainable, you know? Like I can keep this up and maintain easily.

        Good luck to you, its hard! it makes me feel like I’m shedding 2020 though which is a good feeling, lol.

      • Eurydice says:

        What a great way of putting it – shedding 2020. I’ll definitely use that for motivation!

  3. Erin says:

    Of course he’s right but that’s common sense. Any time I see him mentioned, I think it’s important to bring up that he once blinded a Vietnamese man because he’s a racist POS. He deserves to be remembered for that first. Were you a horrible person as a teenager? Chances are you’re a horrible person as an adult. Absolutely no forgiveness here.

  4. lucy2 says:

    Sure. It’s also easier to be a kind and decent person than a racist with a history of violence, right Mark?

  5. ShazBot says:

    not going to discuss weight, but he is right…for fitness, consistency is key.
    I’m a 2.5 season runner, and every spring I start my couch to 5k (which really does work) and it sucks all over again (I do workout inside during the winter, but there is nothing like outdoor running). I’m sure if I just ran the whole year through, it would be much easier, but I live in Canada, so…no.

  6. Lay+low says:

    Cannot stand him. Racist and blinded a man. He’s literally committed hate crimes and still has a career. F*ck him and his movies

    • E says:

      @Lay+Low thank you! I was just going to bring that up and how he’s a total sh*t bag

    • kirk says:

      I believe the incident when MW attacked two Vietnamese men while high on PCP included knocking one out with 5′ stick and punching the other man in the eye. The army veteran punched in the eye said he had lost his sight when a grenade exploded while serving for South Vietnamese army in 1975, rather than unprovoked Wahlberg attack. Not attempting to excuse MW.

    • TJB says:

      Don’t forget about threatening to kill Black children while yelling the N word. I don’t watch any of his movies.