Mark Wahlberg reflects on losing his mother Alma while filming ‘Father Stu’: ‘I just tried to hold on’

The actor was filming Father Stu when he first learned about the matriarch’s passing. Alma died at 78 after facing dementia.

It was tough,” the 50-year-old admitted to 额外 在星期一. “She was very sick, went home to visit her… say goodbye… FaceTiming constantly… We knew that it was inevitable. I just tried to hold on and be as positive as possible.

Wahlberg said he continues to fondly remember his mother and how she lived.

ALMA WAHLBERG, MOM OF ACTORS MARK AND DONNIE AND STAR OF ‘WAHLBURGERS,’ 死亡时间 78

Mark Wahlberg plays the real-life Stuart Long in "Father Stu."

Mark Wahlberg plays the real-life Stuart Long inFather Stu.(Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

She was an amazing person,” said Wahlberg. “She taught us all through all the difficulties that we had and faced… She was very proud that we turned our lives around.

The star noted that filmingFather Stubrought him a sense of solace during a difficult time. He plays an aspiring boxer-turned-priest who suffers from a degenerative and incurable muscular disorder.

The story is based on the real-life Father Stuart Long, who leaned on 信仰 during tough times. It’s a message Wahlberg was able to identify with.

去世了 在 2014 在年龄 50. Wahlberg also serves as a producer for the biopic.

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Alma Wahlberg attends the "Patriots Day" screening at the Boch Center Wang Theatre on Dec. 14, 2016, 在波士顿, 马萨诸塞州.

Alma Wahlberg attends thePatriots Dayscreening at the Boch Center Wang Theatre on Dec. 14, 2016, 在波士顿, 马萨诸塞州. (Natasha Moustache/WireImage)

The reason why he was so effective was because he was authentic,” Wahlberg explained. “He was speaking the truth from experience, and that’s invaluable… He’s such a remarkable man. It was an honor for me to portray him in the film and to tell his story.

And Wahlberg was committed to the role. 根据出口, he ate baked potatoes, 培根, eggs and steaks – as well as drank olive oil – to pack on 40 磅.

The first two weeks, I ate 7,000 calories a day, 和 [的] last four weeks, I ate 11,000 calories a day,” 他承认.

Wahlberg explained in February to 福克斯民族 为什么 “Father Stuis needed now.

Mark Wahlberg visits All Saints Chapel at Carroll College on behalf of the film "Father Stu" 在四月 4, 2022, in Helena, 蒙大拿.

Mark Wahlberg visits All Saints Chapel at Carroll College on behalf of the filmFather Stu” 在四月 4, 2022, in Helena, 蒙大拿. (Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

People need to have faith and hope,” 他当时说. “I just knew that I needed to make this movie, and this was my calling and this was my mission. 和, 现在, it’s needed more than ever.

“希望, it will do some really important work and help a lot of people,” 他继续. “It’s certainly a turning point for me in my life… I need to stop focusing so much on Mark and start doing much more work for God and for less fortunate people.

When asked about the film’s message to audiences, Wahlberg said it was simply aboutnot giving up.

God’s not going to give up on you,” encouraged the actor. “Don’t you dare go giving up on yourself.

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