“To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to begin with,” the actor said in a statement to TMZ.
In an interview with Men’s Journal, Wahlberg discussed how he has stayed tough as he has matured. This somehow led to the actor — who was scheduled to be on one of the planes that crashed on Sept. 11, 2001 — to say this:
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.”
This comment upset at least one family member of a 9/11 victim. A widow of a man who was aboard Flight 93 told TMZ, “For him to speculate that his presence on board could have stopped everything is silly and disrespectful.”
Wahlberg continued in his statement, “I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my intention.”