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OTRC: Mark Wahlberg issues an apology for 9/11 plane comments

Mark Wahlberg appears in a scene from the 2012 film 'Contraband.' (Relativity Media)

Mark Wahlberg issued an apology on Wednesday, January 18, for remarks he made during an interview about how events would have turned out differently if he was on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.

In his interview with Men's Journal magazine, the rapper turned actor revealed he was scheduled to travel on one of the two planes and Wahlberg said if he had made his flight that day, things would be different.

"If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn't have went down like it did," he told the magazine. "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.'"

However, after 9/11 widows and others criticized his statements, the actor issued an apology, according to Reuters.

"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," the 44-year-old actor said. "I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my intention."

Wahlberg is known for his acting projects, such as "The Fighter" and "The Departed." He is also the brother of New Kids On The Block singer Donnie Wahlberg. The two brothers opened up a hamburger restaurant in Hingham Shipyard, MA, called Wahlburgers in October.

He recently appeared opposite Kate Beckinsale in "Contraband" where he plays a former smuggler who works as a night guard. His character is dragged in for one more job in his former shady profession when his life is threatened after his brother-in-law botches a smuggling run. Beckinsale plays his wife.

In "Contraband," which hit theaters on January 13 is an English language adaptation of the 2008 Icelandic movie "Reykjavic-Rotterdam."

Check out the trailer for "Contraband" below.

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