The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, were a harrowing, heartbreaking moment in history — but they also inspired, strengthened and further united the United States in rebuilding not only the rubble, but the patriotism and spirit that define the nation.
These stars all had unique experiences on 9/11. Some cheated death, some saved lives, some were moved to action. Read on, reflect and get inspired. These colors don’t run.
He joked, "Don't tell him he saved my life or he'll want a big check. Actually, I never bring up 9/11 with him ... I can't."
When he reflects on the day, Wahlberg insists that he could have changed the outcome of the fateful flight. "We certainly would have tried to do something to fight," Wahlberg said. "I've had probably over 50 dreams about it."
Paltrow later said, "It still gives me chills. I can't quite believe how many other people changed the course of strangers' lives that day."
MacFarlane immediately called his family to let them know he wasn't on the flight, and later explained how it affected him.
"After the fact it was sobering, but people have a lot of close calls; you're crossing the street and you almost get hit by a car," he said. "... This one just happened to be related to something massive. I really can't let it affect me because I'm a comedy writer. I have to put that in the back of my head."
MacFarlane also admitted that booze played a role in his missed flight and cheated death. "I was booked on that flight and I was drinking the night before and hung over and I missed the plane by about 10 minutes. It was a very close call for me ... alcohol is our friend. I think that’s the moral of that story."