Mark Wahlberg Drops 61 Pounds For New Movie Role

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March 5, 2014 | 5:56pm EST

Actor Mark Wahlberg has dropped 61 pounds for his new role in The Gambler.
The Lone Survivor star slimmed to just 135 pounds 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 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 Gambler is set to hit theatres next year, and could land Wahlberg an Oscar nod – Matthew McConaughey just won gold for playing an emaciated AIDS victim in Dallas Buyers Club.