Mark Wahlberg Freaked out Michael Bay When He Lost Too Much Weight Before Filming ‘Transformers’

<p id=”par-1_29″><a href=””>Actor</a> Mark Wahlberg is used to <a href=””>changing his weight</a> for film roles. But for <em>The Gambler</em>, he went to extreme lengths to shed more pounds than he ever had.</p>

<h2 id=”h-michael-bay-told-mark-wahlberg-that-he-looked-like-crap-when-he-lost-so-much-weight”>Michael Bay told Mark Wahlberg that he looked like crap when he lost so much weight</h2>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-1″><img decoding=”async” width=”1200″ height=”800″ src=”″ alt=”Mark Wahlberg posing while wearing a suit at ‘The Golden Boy’ premiere.” class=”wp-image-3590219″ srcset=” 1200w, 150w, 640w, 768w, 1024w, 525w, 254w, 200w, 761w, 90w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Mark Wahlberg | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival)</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-2_62″>Wahlberg became the face of Michael Bay’s later <em>Transformers </em>movies <a href=””>after Shia LaBeouf</a> left the franchise. But in one of the sequels, Wahlberg didn’t look like the action star that many were familiar with. He lost a staggering amount of weight to star in the feature film <em>The Gambler</em>, losing 60 pounds for the movie. It was the thinnest he’d ever been.</p>

<p id=”par-3_63″>”I went from 197 to – the lightest I’d ever been in a movie <a href=””>was in <em>Boogie Nights</em></a>, I was 138 – so I wanted to beat that,” Wahlberg once said according to <a href=”″ target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Contact Music</a>. “I beat it by a pound, so 137. I was losing weight while we were shooting the movie too, so continuity kind of went out of the window.”</p>

<p id=”par-4_19″>He lost so much weight that at the time he had some noticeable side effects that worried the studio.</p>

<p id=”par-5_58″>”[I had] no energy, no nutrition, and the studio, there was a complaint about that, that my lips were always looking blue,” Wahlberg said. ”What the f*** do you want me to do? I haven’t eaten anything! If you make them red, I’m going to look weird, like I’ve got lipstick on, so it is what it is.”</p>

<p id=”par-6_23″>Wahlberg had to shoot <em>Transformers </em>not too long after <em>The Gambler</em>. But Bay was less than pleased to see his star’s new look.</p>

<p id=”par-7_54″>“He goes, ‘You look like crap! What are you going to do? We’ve got to shoot in five weeks,’” Wahlberg remembered according to <a href=”″ target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>CP24</a>. “I probably put on 40 pounds back. But it still wasn’t enough for him. He said, ‘Aw, I’ve got to shoot you like this to make you look cool again.’”</p>

<h2 id=”h-how-mark-wahlberg-s-family-reacted-to-his-dramatic-weight-loss”>How Mark Wahlberg’s family reacted to his dramatic weight loss</h2>

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<p id=”par-8_30″>Bay wasn’t the only one put off by Wahlberg’s weight loss. <a href=””>His wife Rhea Durham</a> and children had a similar reaction, but it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Bay’s.</p>

<p id=”par-9_36″>“[Michael Bay] is a perfectionist. He was more upset than my wife. I mean, my wife was a little freaked out that I was losing this much weight, but he was really freaked out,” he said.</p>

<p id=”par-10_22″>But when Wahlberg started bulking back up for another role, his daughter quipped that acting might not have been his true calling.</p>

<p id=”par-11_36″>“I’m training now for this other thing and my daughter’s like, ‘ You should quit your job, you should become a body builder.’ She’s just being sarcastic. She’s probably heard her mother say something,” he said.</p>

<h2 id=”h-mark-wahlberg-was-miserable-on-the-gambler”>Mark Wahlberg was miserable on ‘The Gambler’</h2>

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<p id=”par-12_20″>Losing all that weight wasn’t a fun time for <a href=””><em>The Departed </em>star</a>. Especially since he was pretty big on eating.</p>

<p id=”par-13_56″>“I became a miserable prick,” Wahlberg once told <a href=”,performance%20in%201997’s%20Boogie%20Nights.” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Yahoo</a>. “I’m a huge foodie. I’d have a dinner meeting with a group, and just watch them eat. I had a major, major craving for anything and everything. I would go to places and look at the menu. My wife would be like, ‘Why are you torturing yourself?’”</p>

<p id=”par-14_16″>His appetite grew so much that he once stood around food just to be near it.</p>

<p id=”par-15_88″>“At one point, we went to Montecito [California]. We went to church, and then we went by this little cafe, and I just wanted to sit there and smell the food. And she was like, ‘What are you doing?’ Then I snapped at her. I said, ‘This is all I got. And you know what? I want to do it. I’ll stay here as long as I want. You take the car, go back and come get me.’ And I just stayed there, smelling the food,” he recalled.</p>

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