Damon Still Too Old To Play Kirk August 7, 2007by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Rumor,ST09 Cast , trackback
Another Star Trek movie rumor that seems hard to kill is the Matt Damon as Kirk rumor. A few readers have sent in links to a long MSN Movies article on Matt Damon that had a paragraph about him playing Kirk, starting off with the line "After "The Bourne Ultimatum," Damon has agreed to play Captain James Kirk." Although some thought this was confirmation it was actually just a bit of rumor inertia working its way into the article. In the last couple of days MSN has updated the article and the paragraph on him playing Kirk is now gone. Damon recently denied the rumor and now in a new interview with the Australian AP he repeats he is too old to play Kirk, saying…
I actually finally called JJ Abrams, who’s directing and said ‘Dude, what going on?’ He’s like, "You’re way too … old, you’re like 15 years too old to playCaptain Kirk in this movie"
Damon (who turns 37 in October) is 3 years older than Shatner was when he started his mission on Trek. He is also seven years older than Zachary Quinto (Spock) and about 10 years older than the median age range for Kirk on the rumored casting sheet. Of course in Hollywood actors ages are often not the same as character ages. For example Brandon Routh was a year younger than Christopher Reeves (when he filmed Superman II) even though Routh was playing the same character 5 years later.