11 died, it's not entertainment: disaster film director
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, focuses on the hours before and after the rig explosion on April 20, 2010, that led to the worst offshore oil disaster in United States 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.
"We wanted to preserve the authenticity of that experience. Eleven people died. It really happened. It's not just a piece of entertainment," Berg said ahead of the premiere.
The film received a standing ovation after its screening, with cheers when the spotlight shone on the real Williams, who attended the event with his wife and daughter.
Wahlberg said the cast felt additional pressure to get it right as they were portraying real people.