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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.

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