Mark Wahlberg Could Have Played Kirk’s Father in Star Trek

Mark Wahlberg on the set of Pain and Gain (2013) Movie ImageCan you imagine Mark Wahlberg starring in a “Star Trek” movie? Or even appearing in a bit (but pivotal) role? Yeah, me, neither. And apparently neither could Wahlberg.

While out doing press junkets for his crime drama “Broken City”, Wahlberg was asked about J.J. Abrams going from “Star Trek” to “Star Wars”, which led to the actor relating how he was offered the role of Kirk’s dad in the first “Star Trek” movie by Abrams. (The role was eventually played by Chris Hemsworth, who has since gone on to do big things in the world of cinema.)

(And no, I have no idea how the topic of Abrams and “Star Wars” came up during an interview with Wahlberg for “Broken City”. Unless the interviewer already knew this story about Wahlberg being offered a gig on “Star Trek”, asking Wahlberg about Abrams directing “Star Wars” out of the blue sounds, well, kinda off-topic.)

Anyways, according to Wahlberg, the reason why he didn’t say Yes to the role was because he, well, couldn’t understand a damn thing in the script he read. Or as he puts it:

I tried to read the script. I couldn’t…I didn’t understand the words or the dialogue or anything. I said ‘I couldn’t do this. I think you’re really talented, but I couldn’t do it.’ And then I saw the movie and I was like ‘holy s$@#, he did a great job.’

That’s actually not all that surprising. This isn’t because Wahlberg is dumb or anything, but let’s face it, Trek and Star Wars have their own language, and that opening scene with George Kirk was all technobabble, and probably read as such on the script. I could see how Wahlberg, a Boston kid who didn’t grow up as a sci-fi nerd (the complete opposite of one, probably), would read all that technobabble description and dialogue and tossed the script a second later.

Signing on for “Transformers”, meanwhile, is more his speed. Shooting robots and running really doesn’t need that much explanation, I don’t think. And really, how complex could a “Transformers” script be? See robot, shoot robot. Easy as pie.

Via : Total Film /Blastr