The actor proves he's willing to bet it all (and lose!) for a role

By Kelli Bender
Updated December 11, 2014 12:40 PM
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Mark Wahlberg is a gambling man, just not a very good one.

The star, who is currently seeking a pardon for his 1988 assaults, stopped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday to talk about his upcoming film The Gambler.

Out Dec. 19, the movie is a remake of the 1974 classic, starring James Caan, about a successful professor with a dangerous gambling addiction. To prepare for the role, Wahlberg, 43, tried a little high-stakes betting of his own and paid the price for it, literally.

“I hit blackjack three times. Needless to say, I won a lot of money,” the father of four told host Jimmy Fallon. “And like my character in the movie, I took every chip off the table and walked right over to the roulette wheel, put it all on black … and lost everything.”

Wahlberg said this unfortunate moment of bad luck happened at the Wynn casino in Macau, China. The grand total he lost to the wheel? A whopping $45,000. Ouch!