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Did you know that Mark Wahlberg was offered a role in Star Trek? A role he turned down?!

Feb. 25, 2013by: Eric Walkuski

Turns out we have Mark Wahlberg to thank for Chris Hemsworth's rise to prominence.

To explain: in a recent interview with Total Film to promote BROKEN CITY (which is on the verge of release in the UK), Wahlberg dished the surprising news that he was actually offered a role in J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK years ago. The role? None other than George Kirk, James T's pop who (spoiler alert if you somehow have not seen the film) dies within the opening minutes of the reboot. A very small, but crucial, role; one that ultimately went to Hemsworth and immediately put him on all of our radars.

So why did Wahlberg pass on the cameo? Let him explain it:

I remember [Abrams] asking me to play Captain Kirk's father in STAR TREK. 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 shit, he did a great job.'"

Watch the actor talk turning down the role, as well as not being a big fan of sci-fi, in the video below. (He has certainly cozied up a little to the genre, however, as he's set to star in Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS 4.)

Oh, and at the end of the clip, Wahlberg says he "probably wouldn't turn down an opportunity to work with J.J. again." That means you can cue the "Will Mark Wahlberg be in STAR WARS?!?!" rumors right about... now!

Extra Tidbit: Many years ago, Wahlberg was offered a cameo in the low-budget horror flick FEAST. He turned it down, and it eventually went to Eric Dane.
Source: Total Film

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9:46AM on 02/27/2013
He's a SW, not an ST. It's cool, I'm sure if JJ offers him the role of being Han Solo's kid, he would suddenly be more astute in script reading.
He's a SW, not an ST. It's cool, I'm sure if JJ offers him the role of being Han Solo's kid, he would suddenly be more astute in script reading.
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10:57AM on 02/26/2013

Hemsworth thanks you Marky Mark

He didn't understand it? Your cameo was twelve minutes long!
He didn't understand it? Your cameo was twelve minutes long!
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10:22AM on 02/26/2013

So...

...he can't understand sci-fi speak, yet can flawlessly remember dozens of rapid fire white trash chick names. And white trash chick named with a Lynn.

Actually, yeah. That is better. I stand corrected.

And he was in a fairly high profile sci-fi flick already: Tim Burton's Planet of the WTF's
...he can't understand sci-fi speak, yet can flawlessly remember dozens of rapid fire white trash chick names. And white trash chick named with a Lynn.

Actually, yeah. That is better. I stand corrected.

And he was in a fairly high profile sci-fi flick already: Tim Burton's Planet of the WTF's
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2:16PM on 02/26/2013
I'm a Wahlberg fan but to be fair it's pretty clear he's reading from a cue card there.
I'm a Wahlberg fan but to be fair it's pretty clear he's reading from a cue card there.
2:42PM on 02/26/2013
@ModHip...Is it?....What?!
@ModHip...Is it?....What?!
9:16AM on 02/26/2013
Walhberg should take a walk on the wild side and do a biopic about Marky Mark.
Walhberg should take a walk on the wild side and do a biopic about Marky Mark.
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2:35AM on 02/26/2013

Agreed! Walhberg definitely needs a tailor-made sci-fi role

As much as I like the Wahlberg, he's too rough and street to take on sci-fi roles like George Kirk or anything thats Picardian/polished space authority. What he needs, despite his height factor, is to play roles similar in persona to Lobo or Ron Perlman's character in Alien: Resurrection. Actually, I think he might be a good fit for the brash lead in an adaptation of Bulletstorm, or something Duke Nukem-y. Bottom line, bad-ass trailer trash, in space.
As much as I like the Wahlberg, he's too rough and street to take on sci-fi roles like George Kirk or anything thats Picardian/polished space authority. What he needs, despite his height factor, is to play roles similar in persona to Lobo or Ron Perlman's character in Alien: Resurrection. Actually, I think he might be a good fit for the brash lead in an adaptation of Bulletstorm, or something Duke Nukem-y. Bottom line, bad-ass trailer trash, in space.
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2:35AM on 02/26/2013

Agreed! Walhberg definitely needs a tailor-made sci-fi role

As much as I like the Wahlberg, he's too rough and street to take on sci-fi roles like George Kirk or anything thats Picardian/polished space authority. What he needs, despite his height factor, is to play roles similar in persona to Lobo or Ron Perlman's character in Alien: Resurrection. Actually, I think he might be a good fit for the brash lead in an adaptation of Bulletstorm, or something Duke Nukem-y.
As much as I like the Wahlberg, he's too rough and street to take on sci-fi roles like George Kirk or anything thats Picardian/polished space authority. What he needs, despite his height factor, is to play roles similar in persona to Lobo or Ron Perlman's character in Alien: Resurrection. Actually, I think he might be a good fit for the brash lead in an adaptation of Bulletstorm, or something Duke Nukem-y.
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12:27AM on 02/26/2013

So...

...he can't understand sci-fi speak, yet can flawlessly remember dozens of rapid fire white trash chick names. And white trash chick named with a Lynn.

Actually, yeah. That is better. I stand corrected.

And he was in a fairly high profile sci-fi flick already: Tim Burton's Planet of the WTF's
...he can't understand sci-fi speak, yet can flawlessly remember dozens of rapid fire white trash chick names. And white trash chick named with a Lynn.

Actually, yeah. That is better. I stand corrected.

And he was in a fairly high profile sci-fi flick already: Tim Burton's Planet of the WTF's
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8:40PM on 02/25/2013
Little surprised Abrams reached out to him in the first place, no offense to Wahlberg, just don't see it
Little surprised Abrams reached out to him in the first place, no offense to Wahlberg, just don't see it
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8:20PM on 02/25/2013
It's not so much we dodged a bullet. It's just that we were fortunate enough to have him turn it down and have Hemsworth take the role, which led to the awesomeness that is Chris Hemsworth.
It's not so much we dodged a bullet. It's just that we were fortunate enough to have him turn it down and have Hemsworth take the role, which led to the awesomeness that is Chris Hemsworth.
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7:20PM on 02/25/2013

Hey Mr. Wahlberg,

On behalf of Star Trek fans everywhere ---> Thanks!
On behalf of Star Trek fans everywhere ---> Thanks!
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5:30PM on 02/25/2013
I would like to publicly apologize for my insult earlier towards a fellow schmoe.
I would like to publicly apologize for my insult earlier towards a fellow schmoe.
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5:42PM on 02/25/2013
I accept your apology and I hope you truly mean it from the heart.
I accept your apology and I hope you truly mean it from the heart.
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5:00PM on 02/25/2013
I don't blame Mark. It really wasn't a role suited to him and I am kind of glad he didn't do it. Mark is the kind of guy who really needs a sci-fi role, if he does on, that is tailored to him. Could he take a chance? Sure, but I don't think it's really his kind of thing. If he felt he had a good reason to turn it down, then sure, why not. It is kind of a lost opportunity, but it was also such a small part that I don't think it matters much. Also, Mark as a Starship Captain? Hmmm, idk about that.
I don't blame Mark. It really wasn't a role suited to him and I am kind of glad he didn't do it. Mark is the kind of guy who really needs a sci-fi role, if he does on, that is tailored to him. Could he take a chance? Sure, but I don't think it's really his kind of thing. If he felt he had a good reason to turn it down, then sure, why not. It is kind of a lost opportunity, but it was also such a small part that I don't think it matters much. Also, Mark as a Starship Captain? Hmmm, idk about that.
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4:34PM on 02/25/2013
"Hey James, say hi to your mother to me!"
"Hey James, say hi to your mother to me!"
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4:20PM on 02/25/2013
Dodged a bullet, Wahlberg. Dodged a bullet.
Dodged a bullet, Wahlberg. Dodged a bullet.
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4:15PM on 02/25/2013
"I didn't understand the words or the dialogue or anything."....Wow, what an idiot. :-)
"I didn't understand the words or the dialogue or anything."....Wow, what an idiot. :-)
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4:32PM on 02/25/2013
I don't understand that mumbo sci fi geek speak either, does that make me an idiot also? Ya go fuck yourself
I don't understand that mumbo sci fi geek speak either, does that make me an idiot also? Ya go fuck yourself
4:59PM on 02/25/2013
OK.
OK.
4:02PM on 02/25/2013
I don't think he would work for this cameo. I feel like getting an unknown at the time worked best. He would have rocked that cameo in Feast though.
I don't think he would work for this cameo. I feel like getting an unknown at the time worked best. He would have rocked that cameo in Feast though.
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3:59PM on 02/25/2013
"Hi Nero, I'm Mark Wahlberg. That's a big ship you've got there. Say hi to your mother for me."
"Hi Nero, I'm Mark Wahlberg. That's a big ship you've got there. Say hi to your mother for me."
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6:39PM on 02/25/2013
That joke is priceless.
That joke is priceless.
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