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‘It’s just what happens when you star alongside Mark Wahlberg’: Tom Holland Was Forced To Bulk Up To 163 Pounds To Compete With Uncharted Co-Star

Tom Holland Was Forced To Bulk Up To 163 Pounds To Compete With Uncharted Co-Star

People always have someone in their lives who motivate and inspire them to hit the gym and get into shape. With the influence of celebrities reaching far and wide, it’s no surprise that most of the populace looks up to their favorite actors and celebrities to become their fitness role models.

Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in Sony's Uncharted movie
Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in Sony’s Uncharted movie

While we common folk are mesmerized by their well-maintained physique, several stars among them also get into that fitness grove when their co-stars are what people call fitness freaks.

This is something similar to what Tom Holland experienced while he was prepping for his then-upcoming role as Nathan Drake in Uncharted, he had to put on muscle fast, and his co-star was none other than Mark Wahlberg.

Tom Holland Had To Compete With Mark Wahlberg!

During his shooting for the game adaptation of his film Uncharted, Tom Holland was all set to star alongside Transformers actor Mark Wahlberg. When Holland reached the set for the first day though, he had somewhat of a rude awakening. According to him, when he saw Wahlberg’s super-toned and well-built physique, he felt like he was suddenly in competition with him to see who is more jacked than the other, which is, of course, something that Holland personally felt.

Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in Uncharted
Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in Uncharted

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So just like any other competent person, Tom Holland began his journey to bulk up within a month to make it to the right shape for the role. During his days as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in the films by Marvel Studios, he had to be all about that speed and agility, looking like a lean swimmer or an endurance athlete. But for his role as Nathan Drake, he was supposed to look like a globe-trotting, tomb-raiding, and adventure-hungry man built similar to a mountain climber with experience in battle.

Tom Holland reveals that to get big for his role, it all boiled down to one thing which is to eat heavily and healthy, while also training with relentless intensity to get those gains going. As we have already seen in the past, Holland is not shy from working his hardest for a role with his transformation to play Spider-Man and his extremely excruciating weight loss in his film Cherry. 

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What Is Uncharted?

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Tom Holland as Nathan Drake in Uncharted

Uncharted is the silver-screen adaptation of the immensely popular and critically acclaimed video game series of the same name. The story follows Nathan Drake, a highly knowledgeable historian, skilled adventurer, and tomb raider. Drake has only one goal in mind, and that’s to find the lost treasure of one of the most notorious ship captains of all time, Sir Francis Drake.

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