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."
I like his movies but hate to see this is what you have to do to be recognized by
your industry...how many can remember who won an Oscar from year to year?
His fans recognize his talent by buying tickets to his movies...enough already.