Wahlberg was originally scheduled to fly on one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center. Fortunately for him, he took a different flight a week earlier. When he spoke to Men's Journal about what could have been, Wahlberg remarked, "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.'"
Wahlberg quickly apologized for the remark. According to gossip site TMZ, he said that his comments were "irresponsible and that "to speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to begin with. I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my intention."
Apologizing was a wise move. Wahlberg's comment was quickly picked up by blogs and news organizations. NPR, Washington Post, Us Weekly, and Huffington Post have all covered the story. The Washington Post wonders whether Wahlberg's comment could be considered offensive to people who lost loved ones on 9/11. Lanford Beard of Entertainment Weekly writes, "Methinks a certain A-list action hero is getting a little too Method."
TMZ spoke with Deena Burnett-Bailey, whose husband, Thomas Burnett, called her moments before the plane crashed into the tower. Burnett-Bailey told TMZ: "Does Mark Wahlberg have a pilot's license? Then I think hindsight is 20/20 and it's insignificant to say what you would have done if you weren't there. The plan for Flight 93 was foiled by heroes. For him to speculate that his presence on board could have stopped everything is silly and disrespectful. Sounds like someone is grandstanding."
Wahlberg's recent action film, "Contraband" took in more than $28 million during its opening weekend.