Mark Wahlberg Backtracks On 9-11 Comments
What in the world was Mark Wahlberg thinking?
The action star has infuriated the families of 9/11 victims by telling Men's Journal magazine, "It wouldn't have went down like it did" if he had been on one of the planes hijacked on 9/11.
Wahlberg actually had a ticket to be on the doomed flight from Boston-to-Los Angeles that hit the World Trade Center. But he changed his plans at the last minute.
Now he's making a bold boast.
"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 the first-class cabin and then me saying, 'OK, we're going to land somewhere safely, don't worry'," Walhberg said to Men's Journal.
His insensitive comments are sparking outrage across America.
Gretchen Carlson on Fox and Friends Thursday said, "You didn't know what it felt like to actually be on that plane. Nobody could have ever imagined that this could have happened."
"911/Jerk", declared the front page of the New York Daily News, while the New York Post called the action hero, "Action zero!" and says, "He's been reading way too many movie scripts."
Alice Hoagland is the mother of Mark Bingham, one of the heroes of United flight 93 who stormed the cockpit, resulting in the plane crashing into secluded farmland in Pennsylvania rather than its original target, the Capitol Building.
Hoagland told INSIDE EDITION, "I think that what he said is perhaps, a little too off-the-cuff." She then continued, "I dont think that Mark Wahlberg intended to offend anyone. I am certainly not taking offence."
Wahlberg, who's new action movie, Contraband, topped the box office last weekend, is now apologizing.
"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," Walhberg said in a statement.