(NEW YORK) — Although he plays an action hero on the big screen, Mark Wahlberg seems to think his heroic chops — and his pugilistic past — could have changed one of the darkest days in American history.
In an interview with Men’s Journal, the Contraband star says he was booked on one of the flights that was hijacked on 9/11, but his flight was rescheduled.
Although the twist of fate spared him from the terror attacks, Wahlberg seems confident he could have spared a lot of bloodshed that day — of the civilians, that is. The hijackers wouldn’t have been so lucky, Wahlberg boasts.
“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, ‘Okay, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.'”
Wahlberg has since backtracked on his comments, saying in a statement released Wednesday, “To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to begin with, and 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.”
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Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Media Relations
Jim Bennett, Deseret News