Mark Wahlberg: ‘I turned down JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek”

Wahlberg was offered the role of Captain Kirk's father before it went to Chris Hemsworth

Mark Wahlberg has revealed he turned down the chance to appear in JJ Abrams’ first Star Trek movie.

Wahlberg was offered the role of George Kirk, Captain Kirk’s father, before it eventually went to Chris Hemsworth. Released in 2009, Abrams’ film became a hit with critics and took over $385 million (£253 million) at the box office worldwide.

Wahlberg recalled his missed opportunity during an interview with Total Film, saying: “I remember [JJ] asking me to play Captain Kirk’s father in Star Trek, and I tried to read the script, and I just couldn’t even… 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.’ Then I saw the movie, I was like, ‘Holy shit. He did a great job.'”

Continuing, Wahlberg admitted he wouldn’t make the same mistake now. “I probably wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to work with JJ again, so if he wanted me to do something that I couldn’t fully understand, I would probably give it a shot,” he added.

Abrams’ sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, arrives in cinemas on May 17 and features a new baddie played by Benedict Cumberbatch alongside returning cast members Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.