Did you know actor Mark Whalberg was originally scheduled to fly on one of the doomed flights during the Sept 11th terrorist attacks? He ended up flying out a week earlier to visit the Toronto film festival and escaped death. A reasonable person would consider himself extremely blessed, be haunted by this fact for a long time, and also maybe love his family and friends a little bit more.
Not Mark Wahlberg, though! He would have made it into a cool action movie! He would have beat the terrorists bloody, got the girl, made some quips and landed the plane with his giant dick!
Here is a staggeringly tone-deaf remark he made to Men’s Journal:
On being scheduled to be on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center
“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’s kind of amazing when actors reveal just how out of touch with reality they are. We’ll let you know when he issues an apology or accuses Men’s Journal of taking his statements out of context.
Also: holy shit.
UPDATE: Yup. Herewith.
Wahlberg told TMZ, “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.”