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When most people think of Mark Wahlberg, bulging biceps and chiseled abdominal muscles are likely to come to mind.

But the 49-year-old actor, known for his strict fitness regime, is about to drop his ripped physique to transform into an upcoming film role.

Wahlberg wrote on Instagram Saturday that he is “up to about 20” pounds in weight – and plans to “go up another 20”.

“Yes, it’s for a role,” he added and captioned a video of himself in the gym.

Although Wahlberg did not say what role he will take on in weight, the actor revealed during an early appearance in April on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that he planned to put pounds on to play a fighter-turned-priest in an upcoming movie.

“Once we’ve done boxing scenes, I get as much weight as possible over the course of the film,” Wahlberg said. “So I challenge myself to put on 30 pounds in the next six weeks.”

And Wahlberg has been engaged in the challenge and returned to his Instagram Tuesday with side-by-side photos comparing his body three weeks ago to how he looks now.

The actor told Kimmel that he works with a professional to gain weight as healthy as possible.

“Dude, I’ve been on such a regime for so long, I just want to eat everything in sight,” he said. “I want to go to bakeries. I want to Denny. I want pancakes. I want everything I possibly can get my hands on.”

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Asked what his first meal will be when he starts trying to gain weight, Wahlberg suggested a 20-course chicken meal, hot wings from Kentucky Fried Chicken and a six-pack of beer.

Wahlberg is not the only celebrity to show a body transformation. Will Smith, 52, took to Instagram Sunday to tell how much he let his fitness slip, later teasing an upcoming fitness-focused YouTube series titled “Best Shape in My Life.”

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“I’m getting real with you – I’m in the worst shape of my life,” the actor / rapper portrayed the image showing his chest, stomach and legs. After the show announcement, Smith shared a more revealing Instagram post and explained how he got the extra pounds.

“This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days grazing through the pantry,” he wrote in the caption. “I love this body, but I want to feel better. No more midnight muffins … that’s it!”

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