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Mark Wahlberg attends a photocall for ‘Deepwater Horizon’ on October 3, 2016 in Rome, Italy.

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An intimate conversation with Deepwater survivor Mike Williams and Mark Wahlberg, the actor who played him.

“’Hero’ is not a badge that I even want to wear,” says Mike Williams. “What we did that night was react to a very bad situation.” Yet it’s impossible to watch Deepwater Horizon, in theaters Sept. 30, and not feel a sense of awe at what the real-life Williams—played by Mark Wahlberg in director Peter Berg’s gripping new film—endured. On April 20, 2010, Williams was working on board the Deepwater Horizon, an offshore oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, when a well exploded, ultimately killing eleven people. But Williams helped guide countless more survivors to safety, eventually jumping ten stories from atop the burning structure into the water.

The devastating environmental impact of the resulting oil spill is what dominated headlines in the months after the disaster, but Berg’s film puts a human face on the tragedy by documenting the grit, determination and ingenuity of the hard-working men and women who were thrust into harrowing conditions. “The remarkable things that they did in order to survive and help others survive was incredible,” says Wahlberg. “Those are the kinds of stories that I’m drawn to.”


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Mark Wahlberg stars in new film Deepwater Horizon as Mike Wheeler, a real-life survivor of the worst oil rig explosion in US history.

This is the second time the actor has worked with filmmaker Peter Berg who’s perhaps best known for creating TV series Friday Night Lights, the first being 2013’s Lone Survivor.

A younger generation may be shocked to learn that Wahlberg began his career – not as an actor – but as the frontman of a hip-hop collective known as Marky Mark and the Funky Group who hit their prime in 1991 when single “Good Vibrations” made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.

The Independent asked the actor – currently promoting Deepwater Horizon – if he’d ever consider a biopic based on his time in the group, and it turns out he has someone in mind: Justin Bieber.

“It depends – who would we get to play me?” he mused. “If it was the Marky Mark days, I don’t know, we’d get maybe Justin Bieber to play the part.”

At the suggestion of Bleed For This actor Miles Teller, Wahlberg wasn’t so convinced.

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The European Premiere of ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Cineworld Leicester Square on September 26, 2016 in London, England.

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‘Deepwater Horizon’ New Orleans Premiere at The Orpheum Theatre on September 19, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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When you see Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon, the $150m movie based on the true story of the tragic oil rig explosion in 2010 which cost 11 crew members their lives and created the worst environmental disaster in US history, it’s hard to imagine any other Hollywood actor in the role.

It’s not so much that he resembles Mike Williams, the chief electronics technician who was the last to escape from the burning rig and on whom Wahlberg’s character was based: Williams’ face is rounded, whereas Wahlberg’s has the lean definition of someone who has spent a lifetime staying in shape. It’s more that you can absolutely believe in Wahlberg as the devoted father who jeopardises his family life by helping his wounded colleagues, and as the honest blue-collar working stiff, with a mind like a steel trap.

Wahlberg has spent more than two decades climbing to the top of the Hollywood tree. His breakthrough role in Boogie Nights came in 1997; his first Oscar nomination came 10 years later, for Scorsese’s The Departed, followed by another in 2011 for The Fighter.

You could forgive Wahlberg if he let success go to his head. He grew up poor, the youngest of nine siblings. His father was a delivery driver who left when Wahlberg was 11. He got involved with drugs and gang violence not long after, and only cleaned himself up after a spell in prison made him determined to turn his life around. He followed his brother (Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block) into music, finding success – and even a Calvin Klein modelling contract – with his hip-hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch before turning to acting.

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Patriots training camp isn’t all about snap counts and blocking schemes. After practice Sunday, the team gathered at Showcase Cinemas Patriot Place to watch a screening of “Deepwater Horizon,” Mark Wahlberg’s new movie about the massive oil-rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (The movie arrives in theaters next month.) Addressing Pats players beforehand, Wahlberg, who was accompanied by his mom, Alma, said: “I know the work you guys put in, the effort, and the commitment it takes to do what you do and what you risk going out there on a daily basis.” A big Pats fan who played improbable Philadelphia Eagle Vincent Papale in the 2006 film “Invincible,” Wahlberg said the character he plays in “Deepwater Horizon,” an electrician named Mike Williams, is a Pats fan in real life. Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he thought the movie might resonate with players. “It’s about mental toughness, persevering, knowing how the guys around you are doing,” he said. The crowd, which included coach Bill Belichick and players Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Jimmy Garoppolo, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Butler, and Malcolm Mitchell, applauded when the credits rolled.  []


Mark Wahlberg with his mother, Alma, and team owner Robert Kraft before the screening of his new film, “Deepwater Horizon,” for the Patriots.

The poster for Lionsgate’s Mark Wahlberg starer “Deepwater Horizon” has been released.

Wahlberg stars in the film alongside Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan O’Brien, Gina Rodriguez and Kate Hudson.

Peter Berg directs from a screenplay written by Matthew Sand and Matthew Michael Carnahan based upon the 2010 New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours” by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul.

The film will hit cinemas on September 30.

Inspired by the true story that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story 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 man-made disasters in world history.


Mark Wahlberg is bringing the real-life disaster story of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion to life on the big screen.

“Good Morning America” debuted the new trailer for the film, “Deepwater Horizon,” which features the stories of those who worked on the BP rig during its harrowing final hours. The April 2010 explosion killed 11 people and triggered the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

Wahlberg stars as Mike Williams, an electrician who escaped from the burning rig. He’s joined by an impressive cast: Dylan O’Brien as floorhand Caleb Holloway; Gina Rodriguez as young crew member Andrea Fleytas; Kurt Russell as crew member Jimmy Harrell; and John Malkovich as BP representative Donald Vidrine.

“Deepwater Horizon,” hits theaters Sept. 30, 2016. Watch the trailer below.  []

Inspired by the 2010 disaster on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, Peter Berg’s new film puts us right in the tragedy, as authorities seek to rescue the crew and stop the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

The first trailer for Deepwater Horizon has arrived and the real-life inspiration, plus a cast which includes Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson, should make a compelling film.