Mark’s homage to oil workers
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