AceShowbiz - Mark Wahlberg has put his fitness to the test by hitting the gym with U.S. Marines.
The "Ted" star paid a visit to the Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, California last weekend (12-13Jun21) to help open the base's new gym, where the F45 Training programme, a high-intensity circuit training class in which Wahlberg is an investor, is used.
He took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Marines commander Colonel Charles B. Dockery and then joined active members of the military for one of the classes.
The sweat session came as Wahlberg continues to shed the extra weight he recently piled on for his new movie role in "Father Stu", adding 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) to his fit frame in just six weeks.
According to the New York Post's Page Six, Wahlberg personally covered the costs of his trip to San Diego and then spent "three hours taking selfies with the Marines and their families, personally thanking everyone for their service."
"Father Stu" is a biopic about boxer-turned-priest Father Stuart Long and the role requires the actor to fatten up once they've wrapped filming on the shoots in the ring.
"They want me to do it as healthy as possible and I'm like, 'Dude, I've been on such a regimen for so long, I just want to eat everything in sight,' " he previously said. "I want to go to bakeries, I want to go to Denny's (diner), I want to get pancakes, I want to get everything I can possibly get my hands on!"