"The Look of the Gambler"
Costume designer Jacqueline West enhanced the film's distinct design by dressing
Wahlberg in clothing that matched his character's dual identity. West explains:
"I didn't want to make him a clichÃ© academic in cords or tweeds or chambray
shirts. He had to have a foot in both worlds, the world of the night and the
daytime world of the campus, and he had to look almost out of place in both but
yet be able to navigate through both."
Cognizant of Jim's wealthy background, West chose Armani suits for Wahlberg and
employed a palate that goes from dark to light as Jim's story progresses.
Unfortunately for West, Wahlberg's diet continued during the holiday hiatus
between his fittings and the start of production. "He lost even more weight, and
when it came time to do a camera test right after the holidays, the suits were
already loose on him," West says. "Everybody loved that. It really shows
somebody who no longer cares about taking care of themselves."
West, who worked with John Goodman on Argo, enjoyed finding a signature look for
Frank. "He's so collaborative and keen to think outside of the box. He looks
different than he does in any other movie, not only because of his shaved head.
I based him on Frank Sinatra -- not young Frank Sinatra the teen idol, but more
the Palm Springs, Las Vegas look -- from the white shoes to the powder blue
coat. I think he really pulled it off," West says.
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