Mark Wahlberg and director Rosalind Ross present their new film Father Stu

Mark Wahlberg and director Rosalind Ross present their new film Father Stu at Carroll College in Montana – the alma mater of the real Stuart Long

Residents of Helena, Montana got to see Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg up close as he promoted his new movie Father Stu.

The film – which hits theaters on April 15 – is based on the true and unlikely story of Father Stuart Long, a former boxer who turned his life around and became a priest.

Real dad Stu attended Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where Wahlberg and writer-director Rosalind Ross Monday afternoon.

All smiles: Residents of Helena, Montana got a close look at Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg as he promoted his new movie Father Stu

Star and director: The real father Stu attended Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where Wahlberg and writer-director Rosalind Ross on Monday afternoon

Star and director: The real father Stu attended Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where Wahlberg and writer-director Rosalind Ross on Monday afternoon

Wahlberg stepped out in a two-tone gray sweatshirt and a silver chain tucked into his sweatshirt.

He had the first ingredients for a new beard as he posed at Catholic University with Ross, completing his look with black pants and dark gray sneakers.

Its writer-director, Rosalind Ross, opted for a beige top with a plunging neckline with matching pants and black pumps while promoting the film.

Mark's look: Wahlberg stepped out in a two-tone gray sweatshirt and a silver chain tucked into his sweatshirt

Mark’s look: Wahlberg stepped out in a two-tone gray sweatshirt and a silver chain tucked into his sweatshirt

Rosalind look: Her writer-director, Rosalind Ross, opted for a beige top with a plunging neckline with matching pants and black pumps while promoting the film

Rosalind look: Her writer-director, Rosalind Ross, opted for a beige top with a plunging neckline with matching pants and black pumps while promoting the film

Wahlberg was also seen interacting with fans outside All Saints Chapel at Carroll College, posing for a number of selfies while wearing a black coat.

He was seen with a bright smile heading outside to greet the fans gathered outside the chapel.

Carroll College is where real father Stuart Long played football as a youngster, long before he became a Catholic and dedicated his life to the priesthood.

Fans: Wahlberg was also seen interacting with fans outside All Saints Chapel at Carroll College, posing for a number of selfies with a black coat

Fans: Wahlberg was also seen interacting with fans outside All Saints Chapel at Carroll College, posing for a number of selfies with a black coat

Fans: He was seen with a bright smile heading outside to greet the fans gathered outside the chapel

Fans: He was seen with a bright smile heading outside to greet the fans gathered outside the chapel

Father Stu is based on the true story of Long, a former boxer whose life was spiraling out of control before a brush with death in a horrific motorcycle accident caused him to take a life of cloth.

He entered the seminary in 2003 and was ordained a priest of the diocese in 2007, although his life was cut short by a disease called inclusion body myositis.

Father Stuart Long was just 50 when he died in 2014.

True Story: Father Stu is based on the true story of Long, a former boxer whose life was spiraling out of control before a brush with death in a horrific motorcycle accident led him to take a life of cloth

True Story: Father Stu is based on the true story of Long, a former boxer whose life was spiraling out of control before a brush with death in a horrific motorcycle accident led him to take a life of cloth

Abstract: He entered the seminary in 2003 and was ordained a priest of the diocese in 2007, although his life was cut short by a disease called inclusion body myositis.

Abstract: He entered the seminary in 2003 and was ordained a priest of the diocese in 2007, although his life was cut short by a disease called inclusion body myositis.

Wahlberg revealed in an interview with the National Catholic Register that he first heard of Father Stuart Long while having dinner with two priests in 2016.

He was so moved by the story that he “broke the cardinal rule” of cinema by financing the film with his own money, despite the fact that it took six years for the film to be made.

Wahlberg stars as Father Stu, with Mel Gibson as Stu’s father, Bill Long, starring Jacki Weaver and Winter Ave Zoli.

Dinner: Wahlberg revealed in an interview with the National Catholic Register that he first heard of Father Stuart Long while at a dinner with two priests in 2016

Dinner: Wahlberg revealed in an interview with the National Catholic Register that he first heard of Father Stuart Long while at a dinner with two priests in 2016

Funding: He was so moved by the story that he

Financing: He was so moved by the story that he ‘broken the cardinal rule’ of filmmaking by financing the film with his own money, despite the film taking six years to be made.

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