Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson and Kurt Russell add star power to the launch of ‘Deepwater Horizon’ which tells the human story behind the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. John Russell reports.
Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Deepwater Horizon’ hits Toronto
A top priority for a new movie about the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was ensuring it accurately depicted the disaster that killed 11 workers, its director and main actor said.
“Deepwater Horizon”, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday (September 13) evening, focuses on the hours before and after the rig explosion on April 20, 2010 that led to the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history.
Directed by Peter Berg, the film stars Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams, the real life worker who was one of the last people to escape from the burning rig.
SOUNDBITE Mark Wahlberg saying (English):
“We just made sure that we maintained creative control and we stayed true to the actual events and honoring the 11 people that lost their lives.”
Kate Hudson, who plays Whalberg’s wife in the film, said it was important to get it right.
SOUNDBITE Kate Hudson saying (English):
“Always in the back of your head, you’re thinking ‘we’re making a movie that the families are going to see’ so it’s a much more precious intention when you’re making it that you’re paying respect to the families but that being said when you’re actors and you’re making the film you’ve all these moving pieces and hopefully, hopefully the people you’re working with are always on point.”
“Deepwater Horizon” also stars Hudson’s step father Kurt Russell.
The film received a standing ovation after its screening at the festival.