New Mark Wahlberg film hon­ors spill vic­tims

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - By REUTERS in New York

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.

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