J.J. Abrams Asked Mark Wahlberg To Play Captain Kirk's Father In Star Trek
With the May 17 release of Star Trek Into Darkness seemingly taking an eternity to get here, a lot of its initial buzz is getting Dagobah swamped by news of J.J. Abrams' next project, Star Wars Episode VII. It wasn’t as if the two fictional properties weren’t oft mentioned in the same breath before, but now it’s become mandatory. And with all the coverage, there are few details that have gone uncovered.
In an interview with the British magazine Total Film, Mark Wahlberg was sharing his opinion on Abrams’ involvement with Episode VII when he casually mentioned Abrams having initially asked him to play Captain James T. Kirk’s father, George, for the 2009 Star Trek film, a role that ended up being played by Chris Hemsworth. Wahlberg admits he turned the role down because the language of the script was beyond him, though he thought Abrams did a great job with the film when he finally saw it. Unsurprisingly, he wouldn’t make that same decision twice, and coyly implies that he would now accept a job with Abrams on the spot. Watch the interview clip below.
Personally, I’d see Wahlberg being Hemsworth’s father before I’d see him being Chris Pine’s dad, and I couldn’t possibly imagine him waxing scientific in a Starfleet uniform. It’s respectable that Wahlberg sticks to roles that call back to the Cagney and McQueen movies he enjoyed in his youth. As far as his future with Abrams, I suppose I could make the leap to picture him in the Star Wars universe, but only if the Death Star now has a Boston neighborhood build in.
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