Mark Wahlberg Could’ve Been Kirk’s Father in J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 26th, 2013 at 10:38 am,

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Over the course of his career, Mark Wahlberg has typically stuck to roles that fit his tough guy persona (The Departed, Shooter). However, films like like Three KingsI Heart HuckabeesThe Other Guys, The Fighter, and Ted are proof that he’s not opposed to being a bit more adventurous with his acting choices.

One genre we haven’t really seen Wahlberg take part in is sci-fi (unless you count The Happening), but after accepting the lead role for Transformers 4, he’s proven that he’s expanding his horizons all the more. Apparently, that wasn’t so much the case in 2009 when Wahlberg turned down a role as Captain Kirk’s father in J.J. Abrams’ immensely successful Star Trek reboot.

Wahlberg revealed that he’d been offered the part in an interview with Total Film while promoting his most recent movie, Broken City. Here’s what Wahlberg said in that interview:

“I remember him [J.J. Abrams] asking me to play Captain Kirk’s father in ‘Star Trek’ and I tried to read the script and I couldn’t even understand the words or the dialouge or anything, and I said I couldn’t do this. I think you’re [Abrams] really talented, but I couldn’t do it. Then I saw the movie and I was like holy s***. He did a great job, so I think he’ll do something spectacular and I probably wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to work with J.J. again.”

After hearing this, one is forced to think of what might have been. Obviously, the first image that comes to mind is Wahlberg sitting in the captain’s chair on the bridge of the USS Kelvin in that tragic, exhilarating opening scene. Feels weird, doesn’t it?

Not only that, but it wouldn’t have made too much sense for a big name like Wahlberg to take on such a small part (in a world that he didn’t really understand, no less). Meanwhile, it made total sense for Chris Hemsworth – who was not well known at the time – to use such a small, yet memorable role as a springboard for a burgeoning career. A dreadful performance in such a role could’ve hurt Wahlberg’s career, whereas being in Star Trek in any capacity could’ve only benefited Hemsworth (and obviously, it did).

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Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk in ‘Star Trek’

It’s safe to say that fans of the new Star Trek franchise are happy with the way things worked out. It’s easy to scoff at such a casting decision in hindsight, but it’s interesting to think about the possible reactions fans would have had before the film became a success. Although Trekkies were hopeful that Abrams’ film would be great, there was plenty of skepticism initially (as there almost always is) and concern that it wouldn’t be, so Wahlberg’s casting might not have caused a huge stir back then. If anything, Abrams might have received the most criticism for killing off a major star in the opening scene of the film.

Now that Wahlberg is open to the idea of acting within the sci-fi genre, maybe J.J. Abrams will invite him to join the cast of a future Star Trek (or Star Wars?) film. Han Solo Jr., anyone?

Broken City is currently in theaters. Star Trek Into Darkness hits theaters May 17th, 2013.

Source: Total Film

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  1. No thank you, Chris hemsworth owned that role. His portrayal was perfect.

    • I agree i can’t picture wahlberg in the role

    • Agree. Hemsworth nailed that role.

      • It was 10 minutes…. anyone coukd do it, mark is to recognizable tho

    • perrr-fecto

      • Wallberg doesn’t fit in Stah Trek. 😀

  2. As much as Rick Berman stuffed up Kirks death and as painful as that was Abrams made up for it by the grand entrance that he gave James T Kirk into the universe.

    No pop culture hero has ever had such a great welcome on film.

    Though the entire movie was great that opening sequence was pure gold and Hemsworth shone in the moment.

    Re Mark I used to stay away from films if he was starring. His earlier stuff seemed very flat. In recent times however he seems to have really found his rhythm on screen and I usually look forward to his films.

    Hemsworth was born for that role though.

  3. Marky Mark as George Kirk…. errr No, I’m surprised that JJ would even consider such a choice.

    Helmsworth on a bad day is twice the actor that Walberg is at his best.

    Now that’s not saying Walberg is a bad actor, he has turned in some respectable performances but Hemsworth is leagues ahead, he even managed to turn dross like Snow White in to something bearable.

    Shame Cruise didn’t keep his producer hat on and make a choich for the good of the movie instead of trying to prop up his downward carrer trend and cast Hemsworth as Reacher instead of himself.

    All hail Hemsworth, prince of Asgard, king of the world… i do rate him as an actor.

    • Really… hemsworth is equally as typecasted just like mark. He is thor, in snow white he acted and sounded like thor, in red dawn and cabin in the woods he was the tough kid like thor. His only ounce of versatility he has shown was in 10 min of star trek but could he play in a serious drama?? He hasnt shown me he can so he has a lot to prove.

      • Did you ever consider that maybe Thor sounds like Chris Hemsworth?

        • Good point, either way that doesnt make him a great actor, more just great at that role

        • You have heard Chis’ Australian accent, right?

          • Honestly no lol

            • @ Trey

              I hear what you’re saying, but give Chris a chance and in the future I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when he starts getting some roles that stretch him. He’s quite a good actor. IMO, he’s already better then Matk Wahlberg.

              • I have nothing against him i was just stating he has to prove his worth. He has all the potential he just needs to start choosing some diffrent roles.

  4. Well, thank goodness that didn’t happen. Hemsworth owned that part.

  5. That would have been a bad idea I’m glad they didn’t go for him in the end.

  6. Wait a minute… Planet of the Apes (2001), isn’t it considered as Sci-Fi?

    • Planet of the apes sure is sci-fi. Prehaps Mark forgot he was the star of that movie. LOL.

      • It was primitive talk back in that movie,easy to understand ! So would say much Sci Fi for him !

      • And him as Solo Jr. God !!!
        I thats the future of Star Wars then its really over !

  7. Hah hah! What’s a joke ! Mark in Star Trek ….

  8. @Al; I think we’re all trying to forget that one lol. Tim Burton directing one of the greatest sci fi franchises in history?? Bad enough he was allowed to obliterate Batman.

    • Burton only weakened Batman so Nolan could finish him off.

  9. Han Solo, Jr. definitely!

  10. Mark Wahlberg needs to STAY AWAY from Star Wars and Star Trek. Nothing the guy has done has EVER lived up to the hype. He’s just not very good.

    • The fighter… great performance great movie

      • I have to agree with ya. That was the only movie I’ve ever liked Christian Bale in, too.

        • Ah really? Its my favorite of his roles but i enjoy many others

          • I have never seen it. I gave up on Mark Wahlberg after Max Payne, The Shooter, The Happening, Four Brothers, and The Other Guys. I used to be a fan of his but after these bombs, it’s time to move on. He’s like a poor mans Sean Penn.

      • Agreed. And then more.

  11. Wahlberg has done sci-fi – he was in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes.

  12. Im with Kiran…Wahlberg in Star Wars could be fun and bring the comedic aspect that Han had.

  13. Lmao! Wahlberg’s mad funny. I can’t get over how he turned down the role cuz he didn’t understand the dialogue lol
    It’ll be sick if if he gets offered a role in Star Wars next cuz now he won’t turn it down.

  14. the opening scene wasnt on the Enterprise.

  15. Interesting. Wahlberg would have brought quite a lot of attention to the movie. More so than the casting of Eric Banner or Winona Ryder but I loved Chris Helmsworth’s portrayal. Glad it’s the role that essentially broke him into Hollywood.

  16. As much as I love Mark Wahlberg, I think Chris Hemsworth totally fit the role. It’s very convincing to see him as the younger version of the father to Chris Pine.

  17. g****** I hate mark walberg.

  18. Im glad they went with Chris Hemsworth as Kirk’s father. He did a great job in such a small role within such a short time on screen.