Abrams did in fact try to cast Matt Damon in STAR TREK

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
November 24th, 2009

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With the recent release of STAR TREK on DVD, all these little interesting tidbits are floating out of space. For example, the story we brought you earlier today about William Shatner’s once-planned cameo. Or the one about Abrams using my eyebrows as the inspiration for an updated Vulcan look. Okay, that last one isn’t true.

But here is one that is. You may remember hearing some time ago that Matt Damon was rumored for a role in the film. While Abrams recently confirmed this to be true, it is not for the role that we would all assume – that being Captain James Tiberius Kirk. Turns out Abrams was looking at Damon to make more of a cameo of sorts as Kirk’s father, George. This being a role that of course went to then-unknown Australian actor Chris Hemsworth.

“I went to Damon for the role of Kirk’s father, and he declined in the most gracious and understandable and logical of reasons. We lucked out with Chris Hemsworth, and he did a great job. Maybe it would have been distracting to have someone as massively famous as Matt Damon in that role. … The decision was made very early on to have actors who were not necessarily the most famous but the most right for the role.”

I agree with this decision 100% as Damon, while neat to see, would have been distracting in the role. One of my, as well as many people’s, main compliments of STAR TREK was that is was perfectly cast.

I’m sure Mr. Hemsworth agrees, as he will surely be jettisoned into superstardom once he picks up the hammer, playing the Norse god of Thunder, Thor, in both 2011′s THOR and Marvel’s planned AVENGERS film.

Source MTV

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