Mark Wahlberg talks movies, muscles, and hometown Boston pride

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 11:40 AM

PHOENIX -- Mark Wahlberg's new movie "Pain and Gain" hits the big screen this weekend. On Monday's Good Morning Arizona, the actor sat down with Kaley O'Kelley to talk about the film.

It's the story of three bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme. And needless to say, things don't go according to plan. It's a crazy story line, but it's actually based on true events.

"There's so much humor within the movie," Wahlberg says. "The movie's being told from the criminal's point of view. So these guys, between the drugs and the steroids the Rock's character is taking, they get so out of control and outrageous that you can't help but laugh."

Wahlberg talked about his transformation for the movie. He says he gained more than 40 pounds to play this role. "I went from 165 to 212 in the course of 10 weeks," he says. And that meant eating 10 meals a day! But he says he didn't mind. "That was what the part required. And I love this world. I've been fascinated by the world of body building since I was very young, so I wanted to be as realistic in the part as possible."

Wahlberg also talked about his hometown of Boston, and all that has happened there in the past week. "I just want to thank everyone in Phoenix and  everyone across the country and around the world who have been rallying around Boston," he says. "So many people I know were affected in such a horrible way. But Boston is a very strong and prideful place, and they will come back."

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