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An oil rig was built just for this film, this rig is located in Chalmette, Louisiana where filming mostly took place. Director Peter Berg claimed it was one of the largest practical sets ever built.
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A lot of oilfield workers in the Gulf of Mexico were against the making of the film, because they felt that it could dishonor the men who died during the actual event. However, Mike Williams (one of the survivors) was all in for the film, and worked on it with the crew, along with another survivor of the event. He felt it was a good way of showing people the circumstances that the crew members went through, and that the goal of the film crew was to make it look as real as possible.
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The producers of the movie contacted Mark Wahlberg and told him they wanted a screen combo with an older and younger male lead together. Wahlberg started to contact some of the older actors he knew, like Jack Nicholson. But to his surprise, the producers wanted Wahlberg to be the older lead, with someone like Dylan O'Brien being the younger one.
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Graham McGinnis, who plays the Coast Guard Lieutenant, is an actual active duty Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer stationed at USCG Airstation New Orleans.
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A layman's description and example of the Cement Bond Log, a.k.a. CBL; upon landing on the rig, the OIM (Mr. Jimmy) asks the departing logging crew if they completed their CBL/VDL run. The logging engineer shrugs and proceeds to board the helicopter. Shortly after, the OIM confirms with the BP Well Site Leader, or "Company Man", that no CBL was run. The CBL is used to verify the casing to cement and formation to cement presence and its "bonding" to the casing and to the formation. A "sonic" logging tool is lowered into the well, all the way down towards the zone of interest. The tool is then activated and slowly pulled out of the hole. When energized, the "sonic" transmitter sends acoustic pings around a 360 degrees motion, and detectors placed at various distance in the tool "listen" for the return of these pings, monitor the time it took for the ping to return and how much it was attenuated by the presence or not of cement. Take a large rimmed glass (any glass will do though) and put it in an empty sink with the drain plugged. Flick your fingers at the top of the glass rim, and listen for the sound. Fill up the sink around the glass, and once the glass is immersed in the water, repeat the finger flick. Listen for the sound difference. Now imagine the glass is the casing, and the water is the cement, and you have pretty much understood what a CBL tool does. Of course, this is a very simplistic representation of the log principle as there are more variables to be accounted for, but at least now, you have a better idea of how it works.
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Received a standing ovation after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
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In Kate Hudson's Instagram, she published a picture with Kurt Russell. She mentioned that this movie would be her first time working with him.
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This Mark Wahlberg's seventh film based on a true story. The other six are Patriots Day (2016), Lone Survivor (2013), The Fighter (2010), Pain & Gain (2013), Invincible (2006), and The Perfect Storm (2000).
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Mark Wahlberg reportedly stayed in character on-set, in between each scene and take.
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Mike Williams tells Donald Vidrine: "Hope is not a tactic". The tagline for the movie is "When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic".
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Second collaboration of Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg, the first was Lone Survivor (2013) (also based on a true story). In development for both actor and director are The Six Billion Dollar Man and Mile 22 (2018).
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A role was offered to Emma Stone, but she declined, as the script was still being worked on.
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Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson share only one scene together.
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J.C. Chandor was attached to direct, but dropped out citing creative differences.
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This is the second film where Ethan Suplee's character calls someone a Democrat as an insult, the other being American History X (1998).
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The incident was mentioned in the pilot episode of The Newsroom (2012) morning including an interview with Minerals Management Service employee who inspected the site 20 days before the accident happened.
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Kristen Stewart was offered a lead role, but had to decline due to a scheduling conflict.
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The final day of filming was on 8/7/2015.
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Kurt Russell starred in Overboard with Kate Hudson's mother, Goldie Hawn.
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This is Dylan O'Brien and Mark Wahlberg's first collaboration.
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John Malkovich and Mark Wahlberg appeared in the Transformers film franchise. Malkovich in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), and Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).
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Cameo 

Trace Adkins: as the large, angry man looking for his son. Prior to becoming a professional singer, Adkins was an oilfield worker for Global Marine/Transocean.
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Director Cameo 

Peter Berg: as Mr. Skip, one of the guys in charge of running the cement test. He is the character Mr. Jimmy talks to after landing and getting off the helicopter.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

As Mr. Jimmy is going through the employee checklist on the deck of the PSV, the names he calls which go unanswered are those of the 11 deceased crew.
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The film is based on the 2010 oil rig explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. It is the biggest oil disaster in U.S. history, causing eleven deaths. The fire lasted for two days, until the rig sank, and then the oil continued to leak into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, until it was finally capped off.
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11 people were killed by the sudden explosion: Jason C. Anderson, age 35 Aaron Dale Burkeen, 37 Donald Clark, 49 Stephen Ray Curtis, 39 Gordon L. Jones, 28 Roy Wyatt Kemp, 27 Karl D. Kleppinger, Jr., 38 Keith Blair Manuel, 56 Dewey A. Revette, 48 Shane M. Roshto, 22 Adam Weise, 24
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