First Images from THE GAMBLER, Starring Mark Wahlberg

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Paramount has released the first images from Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler remake courtesy of USA Today.

The first thing you’ll notice is that Mark Wahlberg has lost 60 pounds for the part. Transformers: Age of Extinction star plays a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control.

“My character is in every scene, but during the 12-hour days over six months I was on fire,” the actor said. “You prepare your whole life for a part like this. I was living on adrenaline.”

But the hardest part wasn’t dropping the weight, it was the commitment to playing a teacher, which is not the kind of role he’s known for.

“Being believable as a teacher was one of my greatest challenges and most rewarding. It meant being able to have the comfort to really understand and say those words.”

Also starring Brie Larson, John Goodman and Jessica Lange, the remake of a 1974 drama arrives on December 19th.

Take a look at the first The Gambler pictures ahead of the trailer that should be debuting shortly.

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