A Very Confused Mark Wahlberg Turned Down “Star Trek”
hough offered a role in the 2009 smash hit space reboot, it turns out Marky Mark didn’t want to be part of J.J. Abram’s funky “Star Trek” bunch. Why? Well with all that Vulcan-y dialogue and wacky character names like Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, the script was just too blimey confusing for Mark Wahlberg.
During promotions for “Broken City,” his latest cop-ster flick also featuring Russell Crowe with words simple enough to follow along at a table read, Wahlberg spoke with Total Film about the one that got away … and hinted at his hopes of starring in Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
“I love J.J. Abrams. I’ve only seen the original ‘Star Wars,’ when I was a kid, but my dad wasn’t really into sci-fi, so I grew up watching Cagney, Steve McQueen, John Garfield, Robert Ryan. Movies like the one I just made, ‘Broken City.’ But I’m interested to see what J.J. did. I remember him asking me to play Captain Kirk’s father in ‘Star Trek,’ and I tried to read the script, and I didn’t understand the words of the dialogue or anything. I said ‘I couldn’t do this. I think you’re really talented, but I couldn’t do it.'” Doh! Read more…