Mark Wahlberg - Mark Wahlberg Drops 61 Pounds For New Movie Role

Actor Mark Wahlberg has dropped 61 pounds (27.7 kilograms) for his new role in The Gambler.

The Lone Survivor star slimmed to just 135 pounds (61.2 kilograms) 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 programme 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 (15), and could land Wahlberg an Oscar nod - Matthew MCConaughey just won gold for playing an emaciated Aids victim in Dallas Buyers Club.


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