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Mark Wahlberg 'Trained Like a Crazy Person' for New Film

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By Michael Howard

Dating back to his days with the Funky Bunch, Mark Wahlberg has been known for his fitness. He even got into a public spat with Dr. Oz after the TV host spoke in favor of intermittent fasting. (That spat ended with a push-up contest that Wahlberg won.)

In a new interview Entertainment Tonight, the 48-year-old actor said he was forced to whip himself into shape (because he was apparently “out of shape” before) for his latest movie, “Spenser Confidential,” which debuts on Netflix March 6.

"This is our [his and director Peter Berg’s] fifth movie together but all four movies that we made together I was oddly out of shape and eating what I want and drinking what I wanted," Wahlberg explained.

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Five months of intense training

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The “Departed” actor described why he was in less-than-ideal shape during their previous collaborations:

"We did ’Lone Survivor’ right after ’2 Guns’ and before that I did ‘Pain and Gain,’ so I was really heavy and kinda bloated by the time we got to ‘Lone Survivor.’ And then we did ‘Deepwater Horizon’ where I was getting as heavy as possible drinking beer and fried food to play a guy who worked on an oil rig. Then we did ‘Patriots' Day’ where I was limping around, a cop who was kinda out of shape."

Which means he had his work cut out for him going into the production of “Spenser Confidential.”

"And I said, 'OK, no problem,'" Wahlberg recalled. "So I literally went clean dry for five months, trained like a crazy person."

10 pounds in five days

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Wahlberg may have criticized Dr. Oz for promoting intermittent fasting, but he made use of the tactic in order to lose weight for the new film.

"I just did a bone broth and a fast and a cleanse and I literally lost 10 pounds in five days,” he explained. “I lost five percent body fat and I lost 20 points of visceral fat literally in five days. Just bone broth and then steamed vegetables after the first three days and then a little bit of protein at night and that was it."

Back to his childhood home

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Filming “Spenser Confidential” was personal for Wahlberg—it was done in the same Boston neighborhood where he grew up.

"We literally shot on my street,” he revealed. “We were sitting on my stoop waiting to shoot across the street. It's pretty surreal considering how my childhood went and all the trouble I've been in and everything. To be able to come full circle, it was pretty amazing."

During production, Wahlberg posted a short video clip of himself standing outside his childhood home on Instagram.

“This is where it all began,” he captioned the video. “Old stomping grounds.”

Getting Post Malone an acting gig

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“Spenser Confidential” also marks the acting debut of rapper Post Malone, who has Wahlberg to thank for his first role.

"This whole idea of putting him in a film started at my house, at my wife's 40th birthday,” Wahlberg explained. “We were hanging out, having a couple of drinks, and he was like, 'You know, I really wanna be in a movie. I'd really wanna die in a movie.’ I said, 'Well, I don't know if I can kill you off in the movie, but we'd like to put you in the movie and maybe we can have a fight. I can beat the crap out of you and you can stab me.' And he said, 'Absolutely.'"

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