Mark Wahlberg Says He Would Have Fought 9/11 Hijackers On Flight

BOSTON (CBS) – On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

What happened that day altered the events of world history forever. But, if Mark Wahlberg were on one of the hijacked planes, “it wouldn’t have went down like it did.”

Wahlberg, who is starring in the new film “Contraband,” told Men’s Journal that he would have fought the hijackers if he was on one of the doomed planes.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

“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 told the magazine for its February issue.

Wahlberg told Time Magazine in 2007 that he was originally scheduled to be on a morning flight out of Boston on 9/11, but instead took a plane to Toronto a week earlier.

Wahlberg released a statement Wednesday, apologizing to anyone he offended:

“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.”

  • Matt

    I’d fight Mark Wahlberg on a flight.

    • Derik Boik

  • The Cubicle Chronicle

    What would we have done without Entourage???

  • newtsal

    I can’t help but find the comment insulting to those who died on the planes that day. Perhaps the comment was taken out of context.

    • petem

      I hope so…at he very least it’s really thoughtless, as if to say the people on the planes we’re cowardly or otherwise not ‘up to the fight’
      Very disappointing…

  • Cara DiBenedetto

    I thought he drove to NYC that day instead? I think this article is full of issues.

  • Kat

    Matt, very funny comment. I’m w/U. No duh, Marky Mark, I’d also like 2 think that I would’ve fought back, but those poor folks who didn’t must have been absolutely paralyzed w/fear.

  • massman

    He probably would have single handedly prevented the holocaust as well.

  • boston bean

    First no one can predict how they would have acted in that situation. Secondly, what an ego to think he would out’perform’ the athletes who acted heroically – and gave their own lives to save others. Bad judgment and cheap talk. Making pretend movies has gotten to his little brain.

  • Mikey

    OK first of all, the world had never seen such a catastrophe as took place during 9/11. Usually when people hijack a plane, they want something in return for the safe return of passengers. There’s no way that the passengers knew they would be heading directly into the twin towers. If they did, I’m sure they would have fought back.

  • al4624

    i think we have all thought or said the same thing because we all would like to think we have that much courage. however for all we know…those passengers did try to fight back and were unsuccessful in doing so….but i also think people r taking this comment out of context…obviously he was speaking without thinking first, but i highly doubt he meant disrespect.

  • Derik Boik

    Advice for Mark Wahlberg, 9/11’s Greatest Would-Be Hero, from Derik Boik, Funky Bunch fan:

  • Alexa

    What a loser! The guy’s a narcisist. I saw him awhile back on the Jay Leno Show. He was actually bragging about how after he introduced his 7 year old daughter to Justin Beiber that she tore up his autographed picture when she found out he had a girlfriend. I found that story disturbing. Like why would he want people to think that his daughter had that kind of temperament. I guess it’s obvious now. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Won’t be surprised to see his daughter in the news in the future for getting into some kind of trouble. Punk family is what they are.

  • mikey

    I tried posting to this yesterday, but somehow it got lost…

    I’m not upset with Mark. It’s how EVERYBODY feels now. Remember, back then we were under the Nanny State control. Sit tight, let the nanny take care of it. You’ll only be a hostage for a few days kind of thing.

    Well, rules are now different, and I know I feel the way Mark expressed himself. It’s just that I think he let his emotions on the issue cloud his judgement as to how he said it.

  • response

    There were people who fought back. He probably forgot about the plane that went down in PA. The people on that plane were hero’s saving no telling how many lives on the ground.
    This guy is self centered egomaniac and should just stick to his day job and not criticize the rest of us “regular” folks.

  • Dave_D

    If I had been playing first base instead of Bill Buckner,

    • John Joseph Grimes

      Good thought Dave. I like it.

  • W.T. Heck

    Mark, what the heck were you thinking in making that statement? Seriously. Did you have a big old bowl of ‘CHUCK NORRIS CEREAL’ for breakfast? Unwarranted Self-Importance at its finest.

    We have not seen idiotic comments like this since Fiona Apple opened up her mouth back in the 90’s.

  • John Joseph Grimes

    I think Mark is a terrific actor and has done a great job with his life up to this point but he has to realize that “real life situations” and make believe Hollywood films are not the same in any way. I seriously doubt that Mark would have acted any differently than the others on that horrible day especially if he had been on any of the first 3 planes. You can get killed time after time in a movie and then make another one but you only live once in the real world Mark. ZIP IT!

  • Jeff D.

    Could he have made a difference then? Maybe. Two things to remember. One. He was a different person back then. It wasn’t to far past his Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch days then. Two. No one on those first two planes had any idea that it was anything beyound a simple highjacking. They were led to believe that they would be safe if they stayed calm. You can bet that if they really knew what was about to happen, that some of them would have done something, just like the passengers of flight 93 did. Would mark Wahlberg have been one of them? We’ll never know and he should not have said what he did.

  • Jethro Bush

    Marky is just a short little twit that once got beat up by a little highschool kid on a plane, what a joke he is.

  • Nad

    Yeah, sure Mark. And you are an………actor?
    Hard to believe anyone could be that arrogant and stupid at the same time.
    What a jerk.

  • George Bush

    Little Marky is about 5-6″ what is this little jewish man going to do, sue the hijackers?

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