How did you manage to get fit so quickly for Pain & Gain? Whats your secret?
You know, a really good friend of mine here is a body builder and he literally, I ate about 3500 to 4000 calories a day, I ran three to four miles a day and I went to the gym twice a day. So I was doing light weights and heavy cardio in the morning and in the afternoon/evening I would do really heavy weights.
That's a lot of work...
It's a lot! I did that for two months. It was really gruelling and that' what my friend, he told me, 'When you get into bodybuilding it's more a lifestyle than it is just something you can do casually.' It really did change every aspect of my life, I couldn't eat the way I usually eat, you have to get eight hours of sleep. There are certain things that you have to do in order for your body to grow, so you have to allow your body to recover each night. So it was more of a lifestyle change than anything else.
Did you reach a point where you thought you couldn't do it anymore because it's so tough?
You know, once we started shooting, I started working out with Mark [Wahlberg], and you know Mark's done bodybuilding for a long time, so I started working out with him when we were shooting 12-13 hours a day, then you're living in a hotel so you don't really have the proper dietary ability you need to grow like that and we would work out 7am every morning. So it was really difficult to keep up with it, but I saw extreme gain when I was working out with Mark because we pushed each other so hard every morning.
Did you guys have flex-off competitions?
[laughs] No, but invariably as soon as you to stand next to Dwayne, you start flexing. I thought I was in pretty good shape and when I showed up everybody was like, 'Damn, you're really big.' Dwayne showed up and they were like, 'Uhhh, you need to grow some more...' I started hitting the gym much harder once I stood next to Dwayne!