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Those betting on the Mark Wahlberg-starrer The Gambler aren’t shy about trading in most of the original’s cards for a brand new hand.

“It’s less a story of addiction — which I don’t think I would’ve been the right guy to make — and is actually more the story of a guy who’s really in control of his life, but in so many ways, he’s just made a choice to use gambling as a means of escape,” explained director Rupert Wyatt of rebooting the 1974 film about literature professor with a gaming habit.

In the original crime drama, set in New York and starring James Caan, “it was all about the thrill, he didn’t feel like he was alive unless he was in the game, win or lose,” Wahlberg toldThe Hollywood Reporter

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