Mark Wahlberg put on weight filming Transformers

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Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg has admitted he put on a lot of weight while filming the latest transformers film as he fell in love with the local cuisine in Hong Kong.

Mark Wahlberg says he got fat while filming 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' in Hong Kong.

The 'Lone Survivor' actor is currently starring as mechanic Cade Yeager in the upcoming fourth movie in the series - directed by Michael Bay - and he's confessed it took him a while to get back into shape after gorging on the local cuisine.

Speaking at the film's premiere in the Chinese city, he said: "I've seen Hong Kong on TV before, but when I landed on the plane, it was just breathtaking.

"And of course the food was fantastic, so I was eating way too much, Michael started to notice I was putting on a little weight.

"Even when I see [cast member] Li Bingbing now, she said, 'You've lost a lot of weight'. But I couldn't help enjoying the food and I just hope I can come back to Hong Kong when I'm not working so I can actually experience the city and take some time to really see the sights."

The 43-year-old star also opened up about his character's relationship with his daughter Tessa Yeager, played by Nicola Peltz, who together discover deactivated robot Optimus Prime, who features in the original 'Transformers' trilogy.

Mark explained: "He's [Cade] an all-around good guy, very positive and optimistic and always sees the good in people. He's just an ordinary guy doing extraordinary things to keep his daughter alive."

Transformers: Age of Extinction

  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 165 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Michael Bay
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Stanley Tucci
  • UK release: 10 July 2014

More explosions and metal-on-metal battling from Michael Bay.

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