'Pain & Gain' stars talk bulking up
April 23rd, 2013
02:12 PM ET

'Pain & Gain' stars talk bulking up

There was a lot of talk about bulking up at the Hollywood premiere of “Pain & Gain” on Monday.

Mark Wahlberg told CNN he put on quite a bit of weight to star in the Michael Bay film, which is based on the true story of a gang of bodybuilders who got caught up in extortion, kidnapping and murder in the ‘90s.

“That ‘Pain & Gain’ workout routine was a one-off,” Wahlberg said. “I don’t want to walk around at 212 pounds all the time.”

In order to put on weight and gain muscle, the actor said he lifted weights, ate protein and utilized the supplement line he’s designing with GNC.

“I was testing all the best products and I had access to all the best supplements out there, so it was a lot of mass gainer and protein shakes and whole chickens getting devoured,” he said.

Anthony Mackie, who plays a bodybuilder alongside Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, said the most challenging part of working on the film was “putting on size.”

“I’ve never been over 200 pounds before,” Mackie told CNN. “And knowing Mark was going to be jacked up, and Dwayne is as big as he is, I knew I had to put on size."

The actor said he went from 185 pounds to tipping the scale at 213 thanks to two-a-days, lots of sleep and, of course, food.

However, to his own dismay, Ken Jeong’s role didn’t require him to undergo a physical transformation.

“I begged to add muscle and they’re like, ‘No, we don’t need it. We just need you to be in a three-piece suit,’ ” he said said. “I was like, ‘Fine, I’m over it. I don’t want to make the other leads jealous. I’ll wear a suit. I get it.’ ”

Jeong, who will soon appear in the “The Hangover Part III,” shared his excitement with CNN regarding the final installment of the comedic trilogy, saying, “For me as an actor, ‘Hangover 3’ is probably the best thing I have ever done.”

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. kitty

    ok well in that case the second hangover wasn't even that good but a grilled cheese sounds good -_-

    May 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Social Security Numbers...

    has beens...

    April 30, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dark Justice

    3 hasbeens

    April 30, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dark Justice

    the show sucks and we have it

    April 30, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. greeneyedirishlass

    Wow, if Hangover 3 is the best thing he's ever done...he's going to have an extremely short career! None of the Hangover movies have been anything special, they were over-hyped and not nearly as funny as the industry tried to make people believe. I feel sorry for this guy if he truly feels this is the best he's ever done.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Simon and Garfunkel

    I am The Rock, I am an island...

    April 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cannibal Cole

    I ate a baby

    April 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. blakenaustin

    If this is the best thing you have ever done, you are aiming way too low and probably in the wrong profession.

    April 29, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Go For It

    Facial Time.

    April 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Weight Gain Thru Masturbation

    jerk lift repeat

    April 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jake

    I noticed that this is probably the biggest Mark Wahlberg's ever been. A quick google search found he potentially worked out 7 days per week and lifted VERY heavy weights: http://www.jmaxfitness.com/blog/2013/04/07/pain-and-gain-workout/

    April 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MissDiaz

    Red Lobster's Cajun Chicken Pasta....with their cheese biscuits...mmmm

    April 24, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave

    I had chili cheese fries and a large root beer. Tonight I'm having frozen pizza, and maybe some Cheetos if there are any left. I hope everyone has an equally fantastic dinner tonight.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elaine

      That does sound pretty awesome ! I might have vodka for supper tonight. It's my favorite dinner. Doctor says I'm supposed to quit though so probably will have 2 NyQuil gelcaps and a sandwich.

      April 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. i have too lose 10 lbs asap.

    breakfast was the same(have too change that around a bit)–lunch cobb salad–dinner yogurt

    April 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. I has the butter burger basket at Culvers

    now I have the sh!ts.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Ice Cream Order For Me Please---

    my i have 3 banana splits for myself with 5 scoops of ice cream in each dish, and 1 bottle of bosco in each dish

    April 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  17. David W

    McDonald's. A quarter pounder with cheese, large fries, and coke.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. I had fish tacos.

    After that I ate lunch.

    April 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Danielle

    Doritos. And French onion dip. And soda.

    April 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jessica

    Did everyone have a good lunch today? I had chips and a turkey sammich. It was yummy. We hope you had a good lunch too.

    April 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Emma

    Mooooooooo. I'm a cow. Roaming the wild pasture munching on hay. A feroceous milk cow. MOOOOOOOO

    April 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Stan

    Not me. I'm not gay. I had a terrible day. I might be gay on saturday though, but probably not. Cutting grass makes me sad.

    April 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Just Sayin'

    With all the posts you put in these blogs having to do with this or that being gay, you're showing your undeniable curiosity... Why don't you finally come out, satisfy your curiosity and let us all go on with our lives?

    April 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Emily

    WOW this sounds like it is going to be a gay show.

    April 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • jamiesha griddine

      ikr ! lets just sit back and watch the show get crazy!!!!! lol

      April 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |

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