Mark’s homage to oil work­ers

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LON­DON: Ac­tor Mark Wahlberg says the big­gest re­spon­si­bil­ity for him­self and the mak­ers of the new movie, Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon, out now, was to hon­our 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.

“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.’ ”

Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon fo­cuses on the hours be­fore and after the BP rig ex­ploded in the Gulf of Mex­ico, lead­ing to the worst off­shore oil dis­as­ter in US his­tory. Eleven work­ers were killed and mil­lions of bar­rels of oil spewed on to the shore­lines of sev­eral states.

Wahlberg plays Mike Wil­liams, one of the last peo­ple to es­cape from the rig.

The movie 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.

In July BP es­ti­mated costs from the dis­as­ter would come to $62 bil­lion.– Reuters

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