EXCLUSIVE: Mark Wahlberg is All In on ‘Gambler’ Remake
Left to right: Mark Wahlberg is Jim Bennett and Brie Larson is Amy Phillips in THE GAMBLER. ©Paramount Pictures. CR: Claire Folger.

Left to right: Mark Wahlberg is Jim Bennett and Brie Larson is Amy Phillips in THE GAMBLER. ©Paramount Pictures. CR: Claire Folger.

By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features

HOLLYWOOD—While most people suffer from procrastination, especially when facing a difficult or seemingly insurmountable task, actor Mark Wahlberg has adopted quite the opposite approach.

Take, for example, his boxing scenes for 2010’s “The Fighter.” Those were shot during the first three days of shooting, he recalled during a recent phone interview from New York. That way, the rapper turned A-list actor, figured he didn’t have to keep up his vigorous workout regimen so he could concentrate on the less physical demands of his role for the rest of the production.

Similarly, the two-time Academy Award nominee (“The Fighter,” “The Departed”) worked it out with Rupert Wyatt, the director on his new film “The Gambler,” to shoot his dialogue-heavy scenes in a college lecture hall during the first few days of principal photography so he could focus his attention for the rest of the shoot on the remainder of the script.

“The Gambler” is a reimagining of the 1974 drama that starred James Caan as a literature professor with a serious gambling addiction. He borrows from family, friends, and then some loan sharks. His only way out of debt is to convince one of his students, a rising basketball star, to shave points during an upcoming game.

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