Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg's lips "turned blue" after he dramatically lost 60 pounds for his role in 'The Gambler'.

Wahlberg gambled with his health after he dramatically lost 60 pounds for his role as Jim Bennett, a high-stakes gambler who has a run in with a gangster loan shark.

Talking about his decision to lose the weight, Mark said: "I went from 197 to - the lightest I'd ever been in a movie was in 'Boogie Nights', I was 138 - so I wanted to beat that.

"I beat it by a pound, so 137. I was losing weight while we were shooting the movie too, so continuity kind of went out of the window.

"[I had] no energy, no nutrition, and the studio, there was a complaint about that, that my lips were always looking blue.

"What the f**k do you want me to do? I haven't eaten anything! If you make them red, I'm going to look weird, like I've got lipstick on, so it is what it is."

When asked how he managed such a dramatic loss, Mark told US magazine: "Once I get into it I can't stop, so it's a 24 hour, seven days a week thing.

"I stopped eating food for the first six weeks and just had small liquids throughout the day, then I was exercising two or three times a day."

However, the newly slimmed down actor revealed that his wife Rhea Dunham, 36, and their four children - Ella, 11, Michael, eight, Brendan, six and four-year-old Grace - were too happy with his transformation.

He shared: "They didn't like it. My wife was a little freaked out, I was losing so much weight. I'm training now for this other thing and my daughter's like, ' You should quit your job, you should become a body builder.' She's just being sarcastic. She's probably heard her mother say something."

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