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Mark Wahlberg: My Son Doesn’t Want Me to Lose My Muscles

08/27/2012 at 09:00 AM ET
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It’s no secret that Mark Wahlberg is famous for his fantastic physique, and he’s launched a line of supplements called Marked with GNC to further his connection to the fitness world. Still, even he has critics when it comes to his looks, the actor tells PEOPLE.

While working out to lose weight for his role in 2 Guns, Wahlberg’s 3½-year-old son Brendan asked, “Daddy, are you losing weight?” he recalls. “I said, ‘Yes, buddy.’ He said, ‘Don’t lose weight, don’t lose your muscles!’”

Wahlberg, 41, thinks his little boy may be hoping for his own set of biceps.

“His mother [Rhea Durham] and he had a picture of his face super-imposed on a body-builder’s body from some fitness magazine,” he says. “He’s obsessed with me carrying it in my briefcase. Whenever I open my briefcase to read my scripts, the first thing I see is that picture.”

Fitness has always been a big part of Wahlberg’s life, and he says he tries to teach his kidsElla, 8½, Michael, 6½, Brendan and Grace, 2½ — about health whenever he can.

“My sons are always down in the gym with me, and they notice that daddy doesn’t like to eat a lot of sweets.” When he brought them donuts as a treat before he went off to a shoot, “they were like, ‘Daddy, where’s your donut?’” he recalls. “I said, ‘Nope, Daddy’s ok, I don’t want a donut today.’”

– Catherine Kast

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The Wozzy on

What a heartwarming story… about a bigot.

Anonymous on

Mark– I don’t want you to lose you muscles either! Lol

Anonymous on

The Wozzy- That may have been true at one point, but he seems to have changed quite a bit since becoming a father! :)

The Wozzy on

Ok, well let’s forgive the big Hollywood star for inflicting lifelong injuries on a stranger solely based on the stranger’s race. He’s reproduced after all! I’m sure Chris Brown’s inevitable future paternity will absolve him as well.

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