Mark Wahlberg Apologises for Insensitive 9/11 Comments
Mark Wahlberg has apologised to the families of 9/11
victims after making "insensitive" comments about how he would have
overcome the terrorist hijackers who flew a plane into New York's Twin Towers.
The actor was originally booked on United
Airlines Flight 175, which departed from his native Boston, Massachusetts bound
for New York on September 11, 2001, but decided to fly a week earlier to
Toronto, Canada instead.
The decision saved his life, but Wahlberg recently claimed
he would have done more to fight back against the terrorists who took over the
plane had he actually been onboard the fateful flight.
In an interview with Men's Journal magazine, he said,
"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.'"
Wahlberg's boast sparked controversy when the article was
released online on 18 January 2012 and he immediately came under fire from the
friends and families of those who perished in the terrorist attacks, including
the widow of one of the Flight 93 heroes, who overcame terrorists plotting to
crash land in Washington, DC and gave up their lives to force the plane down in
a Pennsylvania field.
Wahlberg has now backtracked over his comments, insisting
he did not mean to cause offence.
In a statement to TMZ.com, he said: "To speculate about
such a situation is ridiculous to begin with. I deeply apologise to the
families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was
certainly not my intention."