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The Gambler – In Cinemas TODAY – Top 5 Mark Wahlberg Films

23 January 2015

Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance...

The Gambler opens in cinemas today, and to celebrate the release we have chosen our top five Mark Wahlberg films...

The Departed

From the same writer as The Gambler; the 2006 gritty Boston gangster film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon has gone down as a classic for many, if you don’t let the complex plot line of undercover cops, double crossing, and gangsters lose you. Wahlberg actually based his performance upon the police officers who’d arrested him roughly two dozen times in his youth.

The Fighter

2010 biographical sports drama film based on the true story of real life brothers, Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund. We follow the boxing career of rising star Micky (Wahlberg), and the dissolving life of his crack-addict brother and trainer; previous title winner Micky (Christian Bale). Wahlburg trained for 4 years in total for this role, as filming was meant to begin in 2005, but was delayed various times until 2009.

Boogie Nights

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 70’s drama portraying an adult film director (Burt Reynolds) discovering great potential in Eddie Adams (Wahlberg) who would rise to fame and become Dirk Diggler. Many people thought it wouldn’t be successful, but were surprised when it received wide spread praise and critical acclaim.


To have your teddy bear come to life is every child’s dream, but 27 years later John (Mark Wahlberg) is struggling to balance his time between his furry best friend (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and his girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis). Wahlberg proves he’s worth his salt by succeeding in pulling off some hilarious scenes using MacFarlane’s motion capture technology. The film received positive reviews, with critics giving high praise to MacFarlane and Wahlberg’s comedic performances.

Three Kings

After the Gulf war, three American soldiers plan to go home rich, by stealing a huge cache of gold meant to be hidden in the desert. Alongside George Clooney and Ice Cube, the soldiers face unexpected adventure and drastic challenges that change their lives. While filming a torture scene, Mark Wahlberg was given electric shocks for real, saying that he wanted to get into the role properly. Many refugees from Iraq were used as extras in this also, leading to the film being banned in the country.

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