I’ve been anticipating DEEPWATER HORIZON for a couple of reasons – it’s based on a true story that I actually remember happening and the cast is strong starring Mark Wahlberg and Gina Rodriguez. Y’all know how I feel about Gina (okay, I adore her just in case you didn’t know).
On April 20th, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deep-water, advanced oil rig owned by the Swiss company Transocean and leased by British Petroleum. An explosion on the rig took the lives of 11 men who were never found, critically injured others and sparked a bold evacuation of men and women trapped amid roiling mud and fire. After two days of searing flames, the remains of the Deepwater Horizon sank 5000 feet to the ocean floor, leaving the well gushing beyond control, ultimately releasing, according to government estimates, 4.9 million barrels of oil.
Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever. The DEEPWATER HORIZON movie is about giving audiences a look at the human side of the deep-sea oil rigs we all rely on in the contemporary world was essential, according to Director Peter Berg. “This movie is a chance to bring audiences inside these gigantic rigs that are so technologically amazing, to show the men and women working on them who are so highly skilled and dedicated, and to reveal that even though we never see these men and women, they really are closely connected to our lives,” says Berg.
DEEPWATER HORIZON Cast
Few actors were as close a match for Mike Williams – the Chief Electronics Technician of the Deepwater Horizon at the time disaster struck – as two-time Oscar® nominee Mark Wahlberg. “What Mark brings is honesty and a real sense of blue-collar integrity. He brings out that American ethic of doing hard work, even when you’re working amid forces you can’t necessarily control,” says producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
Andrea Fleytas, played by Golden Globe® winner Gina Rodriguez, was one of only three female workers in the 126-member crew. “The true life Andrea is a real character and Gina brings great energy and an essential goodness to who she is as a person,” says di Bonaventura. “She also captures what it’s like to be a 23 year old woman in the middle of a crazy, ultimately catastrophic situation.”
“Pete was all about trying to be as authentic as possible, so I did a lot of my own research and even went to dynamic positioning officer training in Houston. It was quite the experience,” says Rodriguez on embodying Fleytas.
Also joining the ensemble are Golden Globe® nominee Kurt Russell, two-time Oscar® nominee John Malkovich as BP company man Donald Vidrine; Dylan O’Brien as the young floorhand Caleb Holloway and Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Kate Hudson, who coincidentally is starring in a film for the first time alongside Kurt Russell.
DEEPWATER HORIZON is in theaters September 30, rated PG-13.
DEEPWATER HORIZON Movie Screening – San Antonio
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Santikos Palladium IMAX
17703 W. IH-10
San Antonio, TX 78257