Good reviews or bad, pardon or no pardon, Wahlberg is 'in a good place'

December 18, 2014 1:03 PM

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Mark Wahlberg plays a college professor with a near-suicidal addiction to gambling in his new film, "The Gambler." While he knew moviegoers would have little trouble buying into him as a guy with an obsession for blackjack, the "day job" side of his character would be trickier. The Boston native, famed for his "blue collar types" on the screen, is "no viewer's idea of a professorial type," Justin Chang complained in Variety.

"You need to challenge yourself and surprise audiences," Wahlberg says in his own defense. "People have me figured out? Mix it up on them. I jumped at this chance. That meant committing to being the most prepared I've probably ever been on a set. I had to, just to be believable. I mean, me as a coll...

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