Doesn’t it seem like Mark Wahlberg should have already made a gambling movie? He’s made a smuggling movie, for Pete’s sake. But no! The Gambler is the first gambling movie of Wahlberg’s 20-year career as a film actor. How is that possible? Anyway, the film is a remake of a 1974 James Caan film. Wahlberg plays an English professor who, as you might expect, has a little bit of a gambling problem.