Mark Wahlberg Lost 61 Pounds for Movie

He went from 196 pounds to 135 pounds for 'The Gambler'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 7, 2014 9:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Mark Wahlberg is the latest male celebrity to lose a drastic amount of weight for a movie role, the San Jose Mercury News reports, citing an interview the actor gave to People. "I started at 196 and got down to 135" while filming The Gambler, in which he plays a professor struggling with addiction, Wahlberg said. "I began with a liquid diet. Then I completely changed my training program and gave up wine, bread, and pasta. Now I'm eating small portions of protein throughout the day and jumping rope a lot." The movie is out next year; you can see a thinner Wahlberg in a photo from last month here. (One columnist's take on actors starving themselves for roles: "obscene.")

Actor Mark Wahlberg sits courtside during the NCAA college basketball game between Southern California and UCLA, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Actor Mark Wahlberg sits courtside during the NCAA college basketball game between Southern California and UCLA, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
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