Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 1 February 2015

Mark Wahlberg: I dream of 9/11

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg tries not to think about what would have happened if he had boarded the plane hijacked by terrorists on 9/11.

The actor was due to take the United Airlines Flight 93 plane from Boston to Los Angeles on September 11 2001, but never made it. The flight was hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists, but passengers overpowered them and forced the jet to crash in Pennsylvania.

This week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, which is held in Mark’s hometown, has brought up old memories for him.

“I try not to think about that. But how can you not?” he told New York Post when asked about his narrow 9/11 escape. “I’ve had 50 dreams about it. I’m sure I would not have just sat there. I think I’d have tried to do something. But could I have stopped it? Maybe only if it was a movie. In one film, I killed 30 people. But who knows in real life?”

Mark was left “very upset” following the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. Three people, including eight-year-old Martin Richards, were killed in the blasts with more than 180 injured.

Devout Catholic Mark raises four children with his wife Rhea Durham and the violent events have made him cherish his family even more than usual.

“I just wanted to rush home today and hug my kids, and you know it's a crazy world that we're living in,” he told US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday evening. “It's horrible. It's horrible man. I just ask everyone to please pray for all the people in Boston and all their families, and especially the Richards family.”

While his family and friends were not directly affected by the bombing, the 41-year-old actor has promised to help in any way he can.

“Everybody's OK but we have some people that we know that were affected by it and you know we have to do everything we can to help those families,” Mark said. “And you know we obviously have to do everything we can to start protecting our women and children and people in our country. It's crazy.”

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