Mark Wahlberg looks unrecognizable on movie set after gaining 20lbs in three weeks to play a heavyweight former boxer

MARK Wahlberg looked unrecognizable on set on his new movie.

The 49-year-old actor gained 20 lbs in just three weeks in order to play a former heavyweight boxer in the film.

Mark was recently seen on set of the movie Stu, which is filming in Los Angeles, though fans likely wouldn't recognize the actor.

The star appeared much heavier as he got into character as a heavyset former boxer turned priest.

In addition to his bigger build, Mark also shaved his head for the role.

The actor wore a curve hugging green polo shirt on set, while he later covered up in a patterned sweater.

Last month, Mark told Jimmy Kimmel Live of his new role: "I'm playing a guy who was a fighter—he was many things.

"He was a fighter, he moved to L.A. to become an actor, he fell in love with a girl, he had an accident, he had an outer-body spiritual experience, he decided to become a priest.

"He died of a rare disease, IBM, but he had a big impact on a lot of people in a very short amount of time."

The actor said of the weight gaining process for the film: "After we do the boxing scenes, I get to put on as much weight as possible over the course of the film, so I'm challenging myself to put on 30 pounds in the next six weeks,"

"They want me to do it as healthy as possible. I'm like, 'Dude, I've been on such a regimen for so long, I just want to eat everything in sight.' I want to go to bakeries, I want to go to Denny's, I want to get pancakes. I want to get everything that I could possibly get my hands on."

Earlier in May, Mark gave fans a look at his transformation by sharing side-by-side snaps of him flaunting his ripped abs in boxing shorts next to a shot of him lying down on a bed after packing on the pounds.

He captioned the pics: "From this 3 weeks ago, to this, now. Thanks to @chef_lawrence_d cooking."

Mark's wife Rhea showed her support, as she commented: "And it looks just as hot in person baby."

Back in April, Mark lost his mom, Alma, who was 78-years-old.

The Fighter actor and his famous brother, Donnie, helped lay the mother-of-nine to rest in Boston.

Alma had been suffering from declining health and dementia.

Mark shared the sad news of his mom's passing with a photo of her on Instagram last, which he captioned: "My angel. Rest in peace."

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