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June 25th, 2012 10:00am EDT

The Amazing Spider-Man

Playing a superhero is hard work - and potentially deadly. Andrew Garfield nearly suffocated on the set of "The Amazing Spider-Man" after he discovered his spandex suit wasn't waterproof.

The actor plays Peter Parker, who embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father's most carefully guarded secrets. Garfield nearly passed out while shooting an action sequence because he failed to learn proper breathing techniques required for the scene.
 
He told the New York Daily News, "I had to get wet, and I just kind of dove in and didn't realize that water on the mask made it impossible to breathe. So I was kind of, like, suffocating. I couldn't get any oxygen! I water-boarded myself."
 
Fortunately, fight coordinator Andy Armstrong noticed the actor struggling and jumped in the water to free him from the constrictive outfit.

Christian Bale recently revealed he nearly fainted while filming "The Dark Knight" trilogy due to the restrictiveness of the suit. He told Empire magazine, "When it gets cold the cowl is extremely tight, and it gets better the warmer I get it; it becomes more flexible. But, after a couple of takes, I was trying to breathe properly in my nose. I was starting to see stars and I said, 'I have to take this off.'"

The film picks up after the events of "The Dark Knight" with the Caped Crusader going head to head against the deadly Bane (Tom Hardy) and Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).

"The Amazing Spider-Man" hits theaters July 3, while "The Dark Knight Rises" arrives July 20.

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