Mark Wahlberg's 'Father Stu' Costar Teresa Ruiz on Actor Eating Vast Amounts of Steaks and Eggs to Gain Weight
- Category: Interviews
- Created: Friday, 08 April 2022 14:06
- Published: Friday, 08 April 2022 14:20
- Written by Lupe R Haas
Teresa Ruiz (Narcos: Mexico, Casa de Flores) stars with Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver in FATHER STU, a true story of a man without a life's purpose until he becomes a priest. Ruiz plays Stu's girlfriend who essentially is dumped for God when he finds his calling. She describes how Wahlberg ate an enormous amount of food to gain weight to play the priest who suffers from a debilitating condition.
FATHER STU will play exclusively in movie theaters.
Based on a true story, FATHER STU is an unflinchingly honest, funny and ultimately uplifting drama about a lost soul who finds his purpose in a most unexpected place. When an injury ends his amateur boxing career, Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg) moves to L.A. dreaming of stardom. While scraping by as a supermarket clerk, he meets Carmen (Teresa Ruiz), a Catholic Sunday school teacher who seems immune to his bad-boy charm. Determined to win her over, the longtime agnostic starts going to church to impress her. But surviving a terrible motorcycle accident leaves him wondering if he can use his second chance to help others find their way, leading to the surprising realization that he is meant to be a Catholic priest. Despite a devastating health crisis and the skepticism of Church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his vocation with courage and compassion, inspiring not only those closest to him but countless others along the way.
Written for the screen and directed by Rosalind Ross, and starring Academy Award Nominee® Mark Wahlberg (Best Supporting Actor, The Departed, 2006) as FATHER STU, along with Academy Award Winner® Mel Gibson (Best Director, Braveheart, 1995), Academy Award Nominee® Jacki Weaver (Best Supporting Actor, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012) and Teresa Ruiz (Narcos). The film is produced by Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Jordon Foss and executive produced by Miky Lee, Colleen Camp, Rosalind Ross, Patrick Peach and Tony Grazia.