Mark Wahlberg apologises for bizarre 9/11 claims

Mark Wahlberg has apologised for claiming that he would have prevented one of the planes crashing into the World Trade Centre on 9/11.

The actor was originally due to fly on one of the Boston-to-Los Angeles flights that crashed into the twin towers, but cancelled his ticket just days before the flight.

In an interview with Men's Journal magazine, he claimed that he would have battled the terrorists and landed the plane safely.

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

"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 is not the first time The Fighter star has spoken about 9/11. In a 2006 interview he said: "We certainly would have tried to do something to fight. I've had probably about 50 dreams about it."

However the actor has now apologised for his comments, recognising that they were "ridiculous" and "irresponsible".

In a statement, he said: "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 apologise to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my intention."

Deann Burnett-Bailey, whose husband Thomas rushed the cockpit of Flight 93, said: "Does Mark Wahlberg have a pilot's license?

"...For him to speculate that his presence on board could have stopped everything is silly and disrespectful. Sounds like someone is grandstanding."

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