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Mark Wahlberg, who did his own stunts in "Lone Survivor", almost got killed while shooting the film.

To make the movie about US Navy Seals in Aghanistan look authentic, no green screens or computer-generated special effects were used while filming.  And in that pursuit of realism, people really did get injured on the set.

In one sequence, director Peter Berg blew a mortar on Wahlberg's face from less than two feet away and it turned out to be a very close call.

"I did blow him up, by accident, That was close. We almost lost Mark, for real," Berg, said in a statement.

Mark Wahlberg joins Steve Edwards and Lisa Breckenridge on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Mark Wahlberg: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is an American actor, producer, model, and former rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, becoming famous for his 1991 debut as frontman with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He later transitioned to acting, and is now known for his roles in films including Boogie Nights (1997), Three Kings (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001), Rock Star (2003), The Fighter (2010), and Lone Survivor (2013). He has also served as executive producer of the HBO series' Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, and How to Make It in America.

2) Wahlberg began recording as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, earning a hit with "Good Vibrations" from the album Music for the People. The record, produced by brother Donnie, hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, later becoming certified as a platinum single. The second single, "Wildside", peaked at No. 5 on Billboards Hot Singles Sales chart and at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified as a gold single. Marky Mark opened for the New Kids on the Block during their last tour. The second Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch LP, You Gotta Believe, was not as successful as the prior, yielding only a minor hit single in the title track. Wahlberg later collaborated with the late reggae/ragga singer Prince Ital Joe on the album Life in the Streets. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch also had their own video game, titled Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Make My Video, which despite the band's success was a huge flop. The project combined rap and ragga vocals with strong eurodance music (as in the singles Happy People, German No. 1 hit United, Life in the Streets, and Babylon) courtesy of Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen as producers.

3) Wahlberg dropped the "Marky Mark" name and began an acting career, making his debut in the 1993 TV movie The Substitute. His big screen debut came the next year, with the Danny DeVito feature Renaissance Man. A basketball fanatic, he caught the attention of critics after appearing in The Basketball Diaries in 1995, playing the role of Mickey alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, in a film adaptation of the Jim Carroll book of the same name. He also starred in the 1996 James Foley thriller Fear.

‘Lone Survivor' is now playing.

Twitter: @mark_wahlberg

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