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Mark Wahlberg apologizes for 9/11 bravado

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Mark Wahlberg in "Contraband", a white-knuckle action-thriller about a man trying to stay out of a world he worked hard to leave behind and the family he'll do anything to protect. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures/

Mark Wahlberg apologized Wednesday for saying that had he been on one of the airplanes hijacked on 9/11, he would have overpowered the terrorists and landed the jet.

"I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive; it was certainly not my intention," the actor, 40, told "To suggest I would have done anything differently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible," he said.

Wahlberg told Men's Journal in its February issue that had he been on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, "it wouldn't have went down like it did. 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.' " Wahlberg told the magazine that he was originally scheduled to be a passenger on one of the hijacked planes, but changed his plans.Deena Burnett-Bailey, widow of Thomas Burnett, one of the passengers who rushed the cockpit of United 93, told TMZ: "For [Wahlberg] to speculate that his presence onboard could have stopped everything is silly and disrespectful. Sounds like someone is grandstanding."

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