Deepwater Horizon shows human side of disaster

Deepwater Horizon director Peter Berg knew he had to cast Mark Wahlberg in the movie because he believes the star is the “Bruce Springsteen of actors”.

Deepwater Horizon focuses on telling the human side of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

The upcoming movie recounts the story of the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded in April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Directed by Peter Berg and co-written by Matthew Sand and Matthew Michael Carnahan, the film stars Mark Wahlberg as a rig electrician, John Malkovich as a BP representative and Gina Rodriguez in the role of Andrea Fleytas, who noticed a blazing at the rig and tried to contact the Coast Guard.

Speaking about the film, Battleship helmer Peter says that he wanted not only to tell the story of how an explosion on the rig was an environmental disaster, with a sea-floor oil gusher flowing for 87 days, but also the human impact, with 11 crewmen dying in the incident.

“It’s pretty obvious that BP made some real bad decisions,” he told Total Film magazine. “But what was more interesting to me was showing what life was like on that rig, and how tragic it was for the men who went through that incredible ordeal.”

In particular, Peter wanted to tell the story of Mike Williams, as played by Mark, a technician for rig owner Transocean who was the last man off the burning platform. He’d seen a piece on current affairs programme 60 minutes in which Mike had talked about the men who tried to stop the rig from exploding which he found to be an amazing story which “worked on many different levels.”

And when it came to casting Mike, Peter knew Mark was the man for the job.

“Mark is the Bruce Springsteen of actors,” he smiled. “He has a great all-American essence, without being cocky or an a**hole.”

Deepwater Horizon, which also stars Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson, opens in theatres at the end of September (16).

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