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Mark Wahlberg dropped 61lbs for his role as Jim Bennett, going from 198lbs to 137lbs by doing a diet consisting of mostly liquid food and vegetables and a workout of strictly cardio.
Mark Wahlberg said that he would prepare his whole life for a role like this. However he said he would never lose that much weight again for a role.
Mark Wahlberg stated that the role of Jim Bennett was the most challenging role of his career.
Mark Wahlberg was determined to nail the role of a literature professor, so much so that he sat in on many college courses around different colleges in California and analyzed many professors and their mannerisms so that he could achieve the most believable performance.
Much like the original film with James Caan, this is a loose adaptation of the classic Fyodor Dostoevsky novella, The Gambler.
Leonardo DiCaprio was originally slated to star when the project was first announced.
This version of The Gambler is exactly the same length as the original.
Martin Scorsese was considered to direct this film.
Despite prominent billing in the opening credits, veteran actor George Kennedy has only about 2 minutes of screen time.
Leland Orser had a role that was cut from the final film, a scene of which can be glimpsed in the film's trailer.
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Each day Jim's shirt colour gets lighter, starting with a black shirt and ending with a white shirt
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Mark Wahlberg's character eats cereal three times in the film.
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In this movie, Mark Wahlberg's character is called Jim Benett. While in the movie "Ted" his character is called John Benett.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Mark Wahlberg said the running sequence at the end of the film was the hardest scene of the movie. He said it was because of all the weight he lost, he just didn't have that much energy.
The casino Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson go to is the casino Morongo and Indian Bingo and Casino.

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