This is the kind of thing that causes a lot of Americans to see Hollywood as out-of-touch with American values.
Mark Wahlberg told Men’s Journal that he would have battled the 9/11 hijackers and rescued the people on board if he had been a passenger.
If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did. There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.’
Yep, that’s a quote.
It didnt take long for the families of victims of the terrorist attack to flip out over Wahlberg’s choice of words.
At least we know he has a decent PR team because the star pivoted quickly to apology-mode, saying “to suggest I would have done anything differently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible.”
Here’s some further news from The Wrap:
The “Contraband” star was originally scheduled to board a plane on 9/11 but changed his flight so he could attend the Toronto Film Festival.
Deena Burnett-Bailey, The widow of United Airlines Flight 93 passenger Thomas Burnett, took Wahlberg to task.
“The plan for Flight 93 was foiled by heroes,” Burnett-Bailey told TMZ. “For him to speculate that his presence on board could have stopped everything is silly and disrespectful. Sounds like someone is grandstanding.”
Look, we still like his movies and TV series, but this one was a self-inflicted wound.