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Mark Wahlberg's 100-day training session

Published 25/04/2016

Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg has to get into shape for the next Transformers movie because he knows director Michael Bay won't digitally add muscles onto him.

Mark Wahlberg trained for 100 days straight in preparation for Deepwater Horizon.

The Hollywood actor is no stranger to switching up his appearance for film roles. For the upcoming drama flick, based on a real-life oil spill in 2010, director Peter Berg wanted Mark "as heavy as possible", meaning that Mark had to throw himself into a rigorous fitness regime. Even the high temperatures on set in Louisiana couldn't detract from Mark's muscle-building sessions.

"It's fun for a couple of weeks, and then you just start feeling really bad," he told Men's Fitness magazine. "When I had to sit down to put my socks on, I was like, 'OK, this is bad.' We got through the movie, then (Peter) said, 'I need you to get as ripped as you possible can for the next one.'

"So I trained for 100 days straight for that movie. It was a very strict diet - no wine, no bread, no pasta. If I had any carbs it was just healthy carbs like sweet potato, yams. I got as ripped as I possibly could - the best shape of my life."

The hardcore regime paid off as Mark looks incredibly ripped in shots from the flick. The star eventually found himself getting into the swing of things and when he's in the zone, he can be up at 3am training and eating roast chicken in the early hours of the morning. However, he's always relieved when it's over.

Mark is currently shooting another fast-paced flick, Patriots Day, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. To step into the shoes of a cop with a bad knee he's been able to relax his lifestyle and get a "little bit of a belly" back. The same can't be said for his next movie role though.

"Then I'm gonna have my work cut out for me, because I gotta get into Transformers shape," he said of the fifth instalment of the franchise. "And (director) Michael Bay's definitely for too much time and money spent on CGI-ing robots, so he's not gonna CGI muscle on me."

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