Mark Wahlberg, where have all your muscles gone?

Mark Wahlberg, where have all your muscles gone?

SLIM FAST: Mark Wahlberg is dropping massive pounds for his new film role. Photo: Associated Press

Actor Mark Wahlberg has dropped a dramatic 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 theaters next year, and could land Wahlberg an Oscar nod – Matthew McConaughey just won gold for playing an emaciated AIDS victim in Dallas Buyers Club.

Recent Headlines

in Music

This week’s top country tracks


LISTEN: This week's top country tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Entertainment

Anne Hathaway expecting first child


The Oscar winner is expecting her first child, according to reports.

in Black Friday, Lifestyle, National

Black Friday crowds thin in subdued start to holiday shopping


America's annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza was short on fireworks this year.

in Black Friday, Viral Videos

WATCH: Holiday parodies of the year’s biggest hits


From "Bad Blood" and "Watch Me," to "Uptown Funk," here are the year's hottest songs made fit for the holidays.