Michael Keaton Says He Was ‘Compelled’ to Make Biopic Exploring 9/11 Aftermath

by Michael Freeman
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Hollywood legend Michael Keaton is known for his plethora of appearances in the past 50 years. However, his recent role in the Netflix film Worth, which explores 9/11‘s aftermath, is one he was “compelled” to play.

Worth has Keaton portraying real-life attorney and mediator Kenneth Feinberg. Based on Feinberg’s memoir, What is Life Worth? the film details his efforts to aid victims. Feinberg headed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and had to determine how much money each victim’s family received.

In an interview with FOX News, Keaton delves into why he feels the film is so important. “9/11 changed everyone’s lives even if you don’t know that it did, and it meant a lot to me to tell the story. During 9/11… empathy was really visceral, and you saw nothing but empathy. [Today] it’s like we’re getting more and more removed from it.”

Keaton also admitted he didn’t know the compensation fund existed before reading the script. Regardless, when it crossed his desk, he was intrigued and wanted to learn more.

“I couldn’t quite figure out how to make it exactly, and then I think years past, actually, and I reread it and I thought, I have to make this movie. [The writer] had made some adjustments and we put it together with the right elements. I just really wanted to tell the story. It’s a story that people think they understand, but they really don’t.”

Near the end of the interview, Keaton praised Feinberg and his commitment to the cause. Meeting more than 1,500 family members personally, Feinberg worked tirelessly for almost 3 years. The average claimant award was $2 million, thanks to his efforts.

Worth is currently available for viewing on Netflix.

Two More 9/11 Victims Identified Who Died At The World Trade Center

Nearly 3,000 people died when the World Trade Center was attacked on 9/11. Sadly, more than 1,100 victims still remain unidentified. Luckily advancements in forensic technology are making the task more manageable.

Along those lines, New York City Chief Medical Examiner Barbara A. Sampson reported this week they identified two more 9/11 victims. This breakthrough has been the first since 2019. Speaking to ABC7, Samson voices her resolve to do more.

“Twenty years ago, we made a promise to the families of World Trade Center victims to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to identify their loved ones, and with these two new identifications, we continue to fulfill that sacred obligation. No matter how much time passes since September 11, 2001, we will never forget. And we pledge to use all the tools at our disposal to make sure all those who were lost can be reunited with their families.”

Coroners identified one victim as Dorothy Morgan. Family members of the second victim asked for the name to be withheld.