Taking a chance on ‘The Gambler’

December 24, 2014 9:36 PM

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Mark Wahlberg wasn’t supposed to star in The Gambler. The actor, who has made several films for Paramount Pictures (The Fighter, The Lovely Bones, Pain and Gain and Transformers: Age of Extinction), was working with the studio to star in American Desperado, an adaptation of Jon Roberts’ memoir about his transformation from cocaine cowboy to government informant. But the project was delayed when the studio tapped the Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) to rewrite the script, which meant Wahlberg’s calendar was suddenly free.

So instead the studio sent him another of Monahan’s screenplays, The Gambler, about a college professor with a dangerous gambling habit.

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