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Donnie Wahlberg Starved Himself for His 'Sixth Sense' Role: 'I Had to Suffer'

Donnie Wahlberg did some intense method preparing for his role as former mental patient Vincent Gray in The Sixth Sense.

The 49-year-old actor and founding member of New Kids on the Block opened up about the 1999 classic film in honor of its 20th anniversary this week.

“This was a game-changer for me,” Donnie told USA Today. “Every day for years people would say, ‘Dude, I didn’t know that was you.’ At that time, I did exactly what I needed to do for the role. I had to look like I was going through hell. I went to a really dark place.”

“Nothing about me was right for the part, except for my total enthusiasm for the script,” he continued about having to convince writer/director M. Night Shyamalan that he could take on the role of psychiatrist Dr. Malcolm Crowe’s (Bruce Willis) former patient. “I starved myself. I would fast for two days then only eat steamed cabbage and drink beet juice. I would chew gum all day and I would literally walk around the streets to burn thousands of calories. I didn’t shower for weeks. I just wasn’t taking care of myself and I was a loner. That was as close as I could come to this guy. I definitely had to suffer in the only way I could.”

“I was so hungry. I was depressed,” Donnie Wahlberg added, revealing that he lost 43 pounds. “I cut off my life to get ready for the role.”

“The movie is such a great source of pride for me,” he shared. “Not just my work but to be part of that group. Everyone brought it so hard for that movie.”

READ MORE: New Kids on the Block Perform on Times Square’s Wet Red Steps, Miraculously Don’t Slip!

Is Donnie Wahlberg the Rabbit on 'Masked Singer'? He Was Asked About the Rumors!

Donnie Wahlberg is the latest suspect to be named as the possible Rabbit on The Masked Singer.

So what did the New Kids on the Block entertainer have to say about the rumors?

“There’s a list of boy band-ers who are alleged to be the Rabbit, and I’m on the list. I think I’m trending third now behind Joey Fatone and Joey McIntyre,” he said (via TV Guide).

“My wife signed the nondisclosure, so I don’t even know who’s in the costume,” Donnie added. “But if it’s me, I don’t know yet.”

If you don’t know, Donnie‘s wife is Jenny McCarthy, who is one of the panelists on the show.

FYI: Joey Fatone has denied that he’s in the rabbit costume.

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New Kids on the Block Perform on Times Square's Wet Red Steps, Miraculously Don't Slip!

The guys from New Kids on the Block perform in the middle of the rain for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on Monday (December 31) in New York City.

Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, and Danny Wood performed on the Times Square red steps and miraculously didn’t slip despite them being soaked with water.

Appropriately, the guys sang “Step By Step” on the steps and then segued to the main stage while performing a medley of their hit songs.

Donnie‘s wife Jenny McCarthy, one of the co-hosts of the special, joined them on stage after the performance to jump around with them.

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Relive Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg's NYE Moments in Times Square!

Jenny McCarthy has been celebrating New Year’s Eve with husband Donnie Wahlberg for the past five years and they always have so much fun together in Times Square!

The 46-year-old television personality is co-hosting Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve once again with Ryan Seacrest.

We’re looking back at all of the romantic photos from Jenny and Donnie‘s past New Year’s Eve moments in Times Square, including some of their kisses that helped heat up the frigid cold city!

Jenny recently said her New Year’s relationship resolution is to look as good as Donnie.

“My relationship resolution would be to get into just as good shape as my husband, Donnie Wahlberg,” she told Us Weekly. “Because he’s shredded right now. And I’m like, ugh. Oh, my God, shredded.”

Click through the gallery for Jenny and Donnie’s sweet moments from the past five years… More Here! »

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Robin Thicke Pays Tribute to His Dad Two Years After His Death

Robin Thicke walks the red carpet at the premiere of his new Fox series The Masked Singer on Thursday (December 13) at The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 41-year-old singer was joined at the event by fellow judges Jenny McCarthy and Ken Jeong, as well as the show’s host Nick Cannon.

Jenny‘s husband Donnie Wahlberg and Ken‘s wife Tran Jeong stepped out as well.

Robin took to Instagram that day to pay tribute to his late father Alan Thicke, two years after he passed away.

“Today’s 2nd anniversary of Pops passing. Miss you everyday. Feel you with us always. Long live Alan Thicke!” he wrote.

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Mark, Donnie & Paul Wahlberg Celebrate Restaurant Opening in Mall of America!

Mark and Donnie Wahlberg happily speak on stage while attending the grand opening of their Wahlburger restaurant at Mall of America on Thursday (May 31) in Bloomington, Minn.

Mark, 46, and Donnie, 48, were joined at the event by their brother Paul and Hy-Vee CEO and President Randy Edeker while thousands of fans showed up to welcome the Wahlberg brothers and their 55-hundred square foot restaurant, which opened last week.

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“We’ve learned a lot along the way, and it’s brought us closer together, which is nice,” Mark said at the event. “You have to engage in different ways, you have to make sure your customer is happy,” Donnie added.

“It’s all about making it worth the trip,” Paul concluded.


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