Wednesday, June 19, 2013
It looks like Hollywood hunk Mark Wahlberg has created the perfect storm for himself after his recent comments about 9/11. The Departed star took the opportunity to hypothesize how he would have handled the worst terrorist attack this country has ever seen. In a recent interview with Men's Journal, the 40-year-old tough guy downplayed the efforts of the real-life heroes while explaining what he would have done. The father of four told told the reporter, "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." It might sound good in theory, but we're thinking Wahlberg has seen one too many of his action movies. Um, did he do a stint at aviation school that none of us know about? Last we checked, flying a Boeing 757-222 wasn't on his resume, extensive as it may be. When he made the comments, Wahlberg obviously didn't realize those were fighting words. Among the people who didn't take too kindly to Wahlberg's imaginary bravado was Deena Burnett-Bailey, a woman whose husband rushed the cockpit to overtake the hijackers on Flight 93. The widow told TMZ, "The plan for Flight 93 was foiled by heroes. For [Wahlberg] to speculate that his presence on board could have stopped everything is silly and disrespectful." Wahlberg apparently realized the error of his ways and did some major backpedaling. He told People magazine, "To suggest I would have done anything differently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible. I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive. It was certainly not my intention."