“My character is in every scene, but during the 12-hour days over six months, I was on fire,” Mark Wahlberg tells USA Today about his role in the upcoming “The Gambler.” “You prepare your whole life for a part like this. I was living on adrenaline.” Confident words from the actor, regarding a movie that could be a late player in the Oscar race.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt (“Rise Of The Planet Of The Planet Of The Apes“), this remake of a 1974 drama follows a professor whose gambling addiction sends him on a downward spiral. Not only did Wahlberg lose 60 pounds for the part, but he committed to playing a teacher, which is not the kind of role he’s known for.
“Comments we’ve been getting from the test screenings include ‘I never thought I would see Mark Wahlberg as a professor, but I believed it and went along for the ride,'” the actor said. “Hearing that hit on one of my big reasons for doing this part. It’s different and unexpected.”