Deepwater Horizon shows the biggest man-made disaster in American history which took place in April, 20 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. Mark Wahlberg plays Mike Williams, the true-life chief technician on the BP drilling rig who came the face of the ecological disaster when he told his story on CBS’60 Minutes. The infamous British Petroleum oil rig caught fire and exploded, while drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven crew members were killed in this blast and 16 others where injured.
Lionsgate said in a statement about the movie “chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest manmade disasters in world history.”
Mark Wahlberg found it an honor to portray Mike Williams, who was one of the last people to escape from the burning rig. The actor said in a statement, “the biggest responsibility” for himself and the makers of the new movie, “Deepwater Horizon,” was to honor the real-life victims of the 2010 oil rig. “The oil can ultimately be cleaned up, (but) those 11 men can’t be replaced,” he continued. “Those were fathers, brothers, husbands, uncles, cousins. We can’t replace those guys and so when they approached me about doing this film, I thought, ‘What better way to promote their story’,” he added.
The Film was scripted by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand. Mark Wahlberg, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian and David Womark produced the film. Next to Wahlberg and Kurt Russell it also stars Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson and Dylan O’Brien.
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