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Paramedic Helped Jim Sturgess in 'The Way Back'

March 18, 2011 (4:15 am) GMT
The 29-year-old actor, along with his co-star Ed Harris, had a medic on standby during the shooting of the film to help them get rid of chemical substance that burnt their eyes.
Paramedic Helped Jim Sturgess in 'The Way Back'

Actors and had a medic on standby while shooting scenes for "", because chemicals used to create a fake blizzard burned their eyes. The pair spent weeks filming in grueling conditions in the Sahara desert for the movie, about a group of prisoners who trek to India after escaping from a Russian jail during World War II.

A special high-powered snow machine was used to re-create the icy conditions faced by the men, and Sturgess reveals the pain he and his co-stars suffered as they shot take after take. He tells Total Film magazine, "In the film we get caught in a snowstorm and it was worse than being in a real one."

"They were firing this stuff at us at 100 miles an hour out in the woods using big wind machines and it was like this chemical, snowy-looking stuff that got in your eyes and burned your eyeballs."

"There was a medic on set who would have to pull all this s**t out of your eyes and put eye-drops in, then we'd do it all over again."

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