Mark Wahlberg Says He Almost Had Chris Hemsworth's Role In STAR TREK

Mark Wahlberg Says He Almost Had Chris Hemsworth's Role In STAR TREK

Mark Walhberg recalls discussing the role of Captain Kirk’s father with director J.J. Abrams for the first Star Trek film. A role that eventually went to Chris Hemsworth and probably helped him land the role of Thor.

"I love J.J. Abrams. I've only seen the original Star Wars when I was a kid. My dad really wasn't into sci-fi so I grew up watching Cagney, Steve McQueen, John Garfield, Robert Ryan - movies like the one I just made, Broken City. But I'm interested in seeing what J.J. did [on Star Trek into Darkness]. I remember him asking me to play Captain Kirk's father in Star Trek and I tried to read the script and I couldn't understand the words, or the dialogue or anything so I said, 'I couldn't do this, I think you're really talented but I can't do it.' And then I saw the movie and I said holy [shite], he did a great job. So I think he'll do something spectacular [with Star Wars] and I probably wouldn't pass up another opportunity to work with J.J. again so if he wanted me to do something and I couldn't fully understand, I would probably give it a shot."

Perhaps the role of George Kirk in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek helped Chris Hemsworth land the role of Thor and perhaps it did not. In previous interviews conducted while Into Darkness was still filming, Hemsworth has stated that he would be open to returning to the role in a flashback if Abrams asked so there's a small chance the God of Thunder could cameo.

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Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: May 17 2013 (USA)
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto John Cho, Peter Weller, Karl Urban and Chris Pine
Directed by: JJ Abrams
Written by: Alex Kurtzman (screenplay), Damon Lindelof (screenplay),Roberto Orci (screenplay), Gene Roddenberry (tv series "Star Trek")

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

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