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Mark Wahlberg drops 61 pounds for new movie role


Mark Wahlberg has dropped 61 pounds for his new role in "The Gambler."

The actor slimmed to just 135 pounds to play a literary professor with addiction issues in the new film.

He tells People magazine, "I started at 196 and got down to 135... I began with a liquid diet. Then I completely changed my training program and gave up wine, bread and pasta. Now I'm eating small portions of protein throughout the day and jumping rope a lot."

"The Gambler" is set to hit theatres next year, and could land Wahlberg an Oscar nod -- Matthew McConaughey just won gold for playing an emaciated AIDS victim in "Dallas Buyers Club."

Mar 6, 2014 7:14AM
Something is seriously wrong with an industry that would encourage an actor to something so bad for his health. That is simply not natural. I like this young man, and I hope this does not have long term consequences for his health.
Mar 6, 2014 7:08AM
This losing lots of weight thing to make a movie seems to be the new thing. Why can't a literary prof be fat like 50% of Americans. You can still be fat and be addicted. To food.
Mar 6, 2014 7:40AM

I like his movies but hate to see this is what you have to do to be recognized by

your many can remember who won an Oscar from year to year?

His fans recognize his talent by buying tickets to his movies...enough already.

Mar 6, 2014 6:59AM
I read he makes 12 to 15 million per movie I don't think he needs an Oscar
Mar 6, 2014 7:13AM
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