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Mark Wahlberg looks unrecognizable on set of new movie

The normally buff actor is sporting makeup and a prosthesis that make him look considerably heavier and older.
/ Source: TODAY

Mark Wahlberg has a totally new look for his latest film role.

The actor, 49, was spotted on the Los Angeles set of the movie "Father Stu" on Friday and we had to do a double take before realizing it was him.

In the photo, Wahlberg can be seen wearing a patterned sweater and a big smile. The actor, who normally sports a full head of brown hair, recently shaved his head and is now sporting a buzz cut.

The father of four is known for his buff physique, but he's been wearing a padded suit while shooting the film, which tells the story of Rev. Stuart Long, a onetime boxer and actor who later became a priest.

Mark Wahlberg in character for the movie "Father Stu." Backgrid

Wahlberg recently revealed that he gained 20 pounds for the project and shared some before-and-after pics on Instagram.

“From left photo 3 weeks ago to this, now,” he wrote. “Thanks to @chef_lawrence_d cooking.”

Wahlberg's personal chef, Lawrence Duran, has been making the actor eight meals a day to help him bulk up for the role, and he intends to gain a total of 30 pounds. The 49-year-old has been focused on eating 7,000 calories a day and has been consuming protein shakes, big bowls of rice and at least a dozen eggs each day.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mel Gibson is starring in the film as Long's father. Gibson's girlfriend, Rosalind Ross, wrote the script and is also directing the movie.

The film tells the story of Long, who got his start in boxing and moved to Los Angeles to start a career in acting when boxing didn't pan out. After a near-fatal motorcycle accident left him in the hospital, Long turned to religion and eventually joined Oregon's Mount Angel Seminary.

Long was then diagnosed with a rare degenerative muscle disease and would eventually require the use of a motorized chair.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wahlberg has been trying to tell Long's story through film for several years.

The film also stars Teresa Ruiz ("Narcos: Mexico"), Jacki Weaver ("Bloom"), Niko Nicotera ("Good Girls") and Chiquita Fuller ("9-1-1").

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