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Mark Wahlberg apologises

Writer: Mitchell Wong

22 Jan - The events of September 11 are still topics of controversy and care should be taken to tread lightly when dealing with those matters, but unfortunately Mark Wahlberg failed to differentiate fiction from reality and ended up offending various families who lost loved ones in the September 11 tragedy, hence, apologized for his recent insensitivity, according to Mail Online.

It is no secret that the star of the newly released "Contraband" often talked about his near miss with death when the flight he cancelled turned out to be the tragic flight, but Wahlberg sparked outrage when he asserted publicly in Men's Journal that the events of September 11 would have played out differently had he kept his seat.

"If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn't have done 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.'"

He has now admitted he was wrong to make the unsupported claim, saying that, "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."

Wahlberg's comments were taken as cruel as the passengers on another hijacked jetliner, the United Flight 93, did attempt to overpower the terrorists, and in doing so, foregone their lives and safety, crash-landing in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

"I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my intention," said the 41-year-old star to TMZ.

One of the criticisms was made by Deann Burnett-Bailey, whose husband Thomas rushed the cockpit of Flight 93.

She said, "For him to speculate that his presence on board could have stopped everything is silly and disrespectful. Sounds like someone is grandstanding."

Cinema Online, 22 January 2012