Chilean miners get star-studded ovation in LA
LOS ANGELES – The 33 Chilean miners who survived two months underground were given a standing ovation at a star-studded show in Los Angeles on Saturday, along with five of their rescuers.
The miners, who have become global media stars since their rescue gripped the world last month, sang the Chilean national anthem as they were feted at a gala show hosted by television news network CNN.
«We want to thank the world, and we want to thank God for your prayers,» Luis Urzua said in Spanish, while Mario Sepulveda added: «Our families suffered. Our children suffered, too.
«But thanks to the prayers of the whole world, we could come out of this difficulty,» he said.
The tribute to the miners — who earlier posed on the red carpet with the Chilean flag, and their rescuers — came at a «CNN Heroes» show paying tribute to ordinary people who have shown heroism.
Stars at the event included Halle Berry, Renee Zellweger, Kiefer Sutherland, Demi Moore, Jessica Alba and Kid Rock, while music was provided by Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend and Sugarland.
The Chilean miners — whose exploits could reportedly be made into a movie by Brad Pitts production company — have spent a few days seeing the sights of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
But some suggest they may have been in LA for more than simply tourism.
The miners were the subject of a media bidding storm after their rescue in mid-October, following a record 69 days in an underground cavity at Chiles remote San Jose mine in the Atacama desert.
Last week attorney Edgardo Reinoso, who represents the men, told Chilean daily El Mercurio that Hollowood star Pitts company Plan B Entertainment had made a multi-million-dollar offer to earn the rights to make the film.
Reinoso said he has been flooded with proposals from numerous groups looking for interviews or hoping to seal commercial deals with the miners, with an average 10 propositions per day, according to El Mercurio.