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BP says Deepwater Horizon movie “not an accurate portrayal of events”

04 October 2016

BP has criticised the new "Deepwater Horizon" film as being an inaccurate Hollywood dramatisation of the oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, which killed eleven workers and saw millions of barrels of oil pollute the shorelines of several US states for a number of months in the worst offshore oil disaster in US history.

"Deepwater Horizon," which was released in the United States on September 30, focuses on the hours before and after the Macondo well blowout, which caused a series of explosions on the surface leading to the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible rig and the death of some of its crew.

"The Deepwater Horizon movie is Hollywood's take on a tragic and complex accident. It is not an accurate portrayal of the events that led to the accident, our people, or the character of our company," Geoff Morrell, BP senior vice-president of US communications & external affairs, said in a statement on the UK-based oil and gas company's website.

BP, which has had to pay over $55 billion in clean-up costs and fines, said the film "ignores the conclusions reached by every official investigation: that the accident was the result of multiple errors made by a number of companies."

Other than BP, rig operator Transocean and services contractor Halliburton were also found to be at fault.

"Coming as it does six-and-a-half years after the accident, the movie also does not reflect who we are today, the lengths we've gone to restore the Gulf, the work we've done to become safer, and the trust we’ve earned back around the world." BP said in the statement.

The film, directed by Peter Berg, stars Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson and Kurt Russell. The Rotten Tomatoes film review aggregation site gives it an 83% rating and the following Critics Consensus: "Deepwater Horizon makes effective use of its titular man-made disaster to deliver an uncommonly serious -- yet still suitably gripping -- action thriller."

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