The first images of Mark Wahberg’s new drama, The Gambler, have dropped and it seems the built actor has slimmed down for the role. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, who has brought us other movies including The Escapist and Rise of the Planet of The Apes, The Gambler is a remake of the original 1974 film starring James Caan. Mark Wahlberg plays Jim Bennett, a teacher whose gambling addiction lands him in trouble with some less than friendly gangsters.
It’s been reported that Wahlberg lost a staggering 60lbs in order to believably play your average literature teacher. Speaking to USA Today, Wahlberg commented on his recent efforts; “Being believable as a teacher was one of my greatest challenges and most rewarding”. Co-starring Jessica Lange and John Goodman, The Gambler opens in the UK on May 1st, 2015.