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Gina Gershon suffered bronchitis while playing chain-smoking Versace

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Sep 23, 2013 | 2:19pm EDT

Actress Gina Gershon battled bronchitis after wrapping new TV movie House Of Versace - because she smoked constantly throughout the project. The Bound star portrays chain-smoking fashion designer Donatella Versace in the film and admits she tried everything healthy to perfect her real-life character's nicotine habit - but nothing worked, so she had to smoke for real. She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "They even tried to give me the fake cigarettes because they thought they would be better, but those just killed me... There's so much oil in them. "So I just started smoking a lot before I went into it, so I could work myself up to it... As soon as it was over, I was like, 'Thank God!', and then I smoked a little bit when I was doing the looping... but I wasn't used to it and I got bronchitis."

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