Mark Wahlberg left fighting for air on set

Posted on 17 August 2009
By Pierce King
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Mark Wahlberg was rushed to hospital after inhaling too much artificial smoke from a machine on the set of his new movie The Fighter.

The Hollywood hunk was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital after breathing in too much of the foggy gas, which was being pumped from a smoke machine to add atmosphere on the set of his new movie.

Mark, 38, was left ‘gasping for breath’ when he woke up the next morning and was taked by ambulance to the medical centre and fitted with a breathing machine to clear his lungs.

The Fighter is based on the life of Boston boxer ‘Irish’ Mickey Ward, who is played by Mark, who has forged a career playing tough guys.

He co-stars with Christian Bale, who will portray Ward’s trainer and half-brother Dicky Eklund, and Doubt star Amy Adams.

A set source said: “Mark was performing a physically demanding scene and breathed in too much artificial smoke.

“But he was later released and immediately returned to work on set.”

Mark recently admitted he had been training for ‘several years to play Mickey Ward after the project suffered several delays.

The Fighter is due for release in 2011.