BP is bracing for more bad press after the European premiere of Deepwater Horizon. As Sonia Legg reports, the film focuses on the hours before and after the deadly rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010 that led to the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history.
BP braces for disaster movie impact
Hollywood’s best in London for a premiere.
Red carpet events are always good publicity – unless perhaps you’re not the hero of the story.
The Deepwater Horizon disaster cost oil giant BP an estimated $62 billion dollars.
The film of the same name tells the story of the deadly rig explosion.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, MARK WAHLBERG, SAYING:
“The focus wasn’t really on who made what mistakes and who was responsible. Really it was about the heroics of the 11 people and the inspiring things that they did to survive.”
But there may still be a few BP executives who don’t want to be reminded about the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history.
(SOUNDBITE) DIRECTOR, PETER BERG, SAYING:
“I never faulted BP for being a company for profit, that’s what fuels our economy, we all use fuel, I get that they’re a company for profit. Where I think they erred was when they got behind schedule and behind budget, some of the guys from BP pushed too hard, they moved too quickly.”
The film examines safety decisions made by BP executives leading up to the disaster.
And highlights the pressure workers were under to save money as drilling fell behind.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOM STEVENSON, INVESTMENT DIRECTOR, FIDELITY GLOBAL, SAYING:
“We are now six years on from the Horizon disaster, I think people are beginning to move on, memories are fading and of course a really vivid reconstruction of the events especially portrayed from an American point of view is not likely to be very helpful to BP.”
But grin and bear it they must – however explosive the film is at the box office.