The 40-year-old action man, who always depicts tough guys in his movies, had told a magazine that if he was on the plane with his kids “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’,” he told Men’s Journal, in something akin to a typical scene in one of his movies.
But he has now apologised saying his remarks were irresponsible and insensitive.
“To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to begin with, and to suggest I would have done anything differently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible,” he said.
“I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my intention,” he added.
Born in a poor working class district of Boston and emerging as rapper Marky Mark when he was younger, the actor was nominated for an Oscar last year, and his latest movie “Contraband” topped the north American box office last weekend.
Contraband, which features a song by rapper K’Naan and Kate Beckinsale with blonde highlights, might be released in Nairobi in February.