Mark Wahlberg said Transformers director Michael Bay 'freaked out' over his weight loss

Actor Mark Wahlberg shed 60 lbs to play down-on-his-luck college professor in his new movie, The Gambler.

Actor shed 60 lbs on a liquid diet for role in his new movie, The Gambler

Mark Wahlberg poses in front of a poster for The Gambler Monday night. The actor lost 60 lbs to play a down-and-out gambling addict in the film. (Kevork Djansezian/Reuters)

Mark Wahlberg said Transformers director Michael Bay "freaked out" after the actor shed 60 pounds to play a down-on-his-luck college professor in his new movie, The Gambler.

Wahlberg began downsizing his famously muscular physique by jumping rope and sticking to a liquid diet as Transformers: Age of Extinction wrapped last year. He then shot The Gambler, set to open in theatres Dec. 19.

Mark Wahlberg had to beef up when Transformers producers wanted to re-shoot scenes. (Andrew Cooper/Paramount Pictures/Associated Press)
Transformers producers called for additional shooting after The Gambler wrapped, and Wahlberg wasn't exactly welcomed with open arms when he attended Bay's housewarming party earlier this year.

"He goes, 'You look like crap! What are you going to do? We've got to shoot in five weeks,'" Wahlberg said in an interview before his new film's AFI Fest premiere Monday night.

"I probably put on 40 pounds back. But it still wasn't enough for him. He said, 'Aw, I've got to shoot you like this to make you look cool again,"' the 43-year-old actor said. "He's a perfectionist. He was more upset than my wife (Rhea Durham). I mean, my wife was a little freaked out that I was losing this much weight, but he was really freaked out."


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