New Mark Wahlberg film honors spill victims
Actor Mark Wahlberg says “the biggest responsibility” for himself and the makers of the new movie Deep water Horizon was to honor the real-life victims of the 2010 oil rig disaster.
“The oil can ultimately be cleaned up, (but) those 11 men can’t be replaced,” Wahlberg said at the film’s London premiere on Monday.
“Those were fathers, brothers, husbands, uncles, cousins. We can’t replace those guys and so when they approached me about doing this film, I thought, ‘What better way to promote their story’,” he says.
Deep water Horizon, due out in US theaters on Friday, focuses on the hours before and after the BP rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, leading to the worst offshore oil disaster in US history. Eleven workers were killed and millions of barrels of oil spewed onto the shorelines of several states for nearly three months.
In the movie directed by Peter Berg, Wahlberg plays Mike Williams, one of the last people to escape from the burning rig.
The real-life Williams joined Wahlberg at the premiere that was also attended by cast members Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich and Kate Hudson.
“The focus wasn’t really on who made what mistakes and who was responsible. Really, it was about the heroics of the 11 people and the inspiring things that they did to survive and help one another,” Wahlberg says.
Deepwater Horizon examines the decisions concerning safety made by BP executives leading up to the disaster, highlighting the pressure that workers were under to save money as drilling fell behind.
British oil major BP in July estimated costs from the disaster will total about $62 billion.
“I never faulted BP for being a company for profit. That’s what fuels our economy. We all use fuel. I get that they’re a company for profit,” Berg says.
“Where I think they erred was when they got behind schedule and behind budget, some of the guys from BP pushed too hard. They moved too quickly.”
Mark Wahlberg, lead actor in DeepwaterHorizon.