Mark Wahlberg's 60-Pound Weight Loss For The Gambler: My Lips Turned Blue, I Stopped Eating

November 11, 2014 11:51 PM

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Mark Wahlberg's 60-Pound Weight Loss For The Gambler: My Lips Turned Blue, I Stopped Eating

Following in the footsteps of Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, and Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Wahlberg threw his health out the window and lost a shocking amount of weight for his role in the upcoming thriller The Gambler. At the AFI Fest premiere of the film in Hollywood on Monday, Nov. 10, the two-time Oscar nominee opened up about his decision to drop 60 pounds to play college professor and high-stakes gambler Jim Bennett. The fictional story, based on the 1974 film of the same name, required Wahlberg to be “as thin as possible,” according to director Rupert Wyatt.

“I went from 197 to — the lightest I’d ever been in a movie was in Boogie Nights, I was 138 — so I wanted to beat that,” the 5’8” star said at a post-screening discussion. “I beat it by a pound, so 137. I was losing weight while we were shooting the movie too so continuity kind of went out of the wi...

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