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About That Time Mark Wahlberg Was Almost Cast in ‘Star Trek’

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Imagine, if you will, a world in which Mark Wahlberg played Captain James T. Kirk’s father in the J.J. Abrams‘ ‘Star Trek‘ reboot. As it turns out, that’s something that almost actually happened, but Wahlberg had a hard time grasping the concept.

During press interviews for ‘Broken City,’ Mark Wahlberg sat down with Total Film and revealed that he was almost cast as Kirk’s father in JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek.’ Unfortunately, Wahlberg had a hard time understanding the script (was it written in Klingon?):

I remember [J.J. Abrams] asking me to play Captain Kirk’s father. I tried to read the script, but I couldn’t understand the words or dialogue or anything, and I said, I couldn’t do this.

Jokes about childhood literacy issues aside, Wahlberg also says he’s not a huge sci-fi fan and has only seen the original ‘Star Wars,’ which might explain his involvement in Tim Burton‘s silly ‘Planet of the Apes’ movie. The guy just doesn’t have a barometer for science fiction.

And can you even imagine Wahlberg as Kirk’s dad with that Boston accent? Perhaps the role would have been expanded more if Wahlberg was involved, but we’re glad Chris Hemsworth got the part that helped put him on the map. Or else maybe Wahlberg would have been cast as Thor in some alternate timeline and then we’d get to hear him try to say “Mjolnir.”

Check out Wahlberg’s interview below:

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