Chris Hemsorth is a huge star now, but a decade ago the Australian actor was mostly unknown. His first breakout role was his brief but memorable appearance as George Kirk, father of James T. Kirk, in Star Trek (2009). In a new interview with More Content Now, the actor reveals that he originally tried for a different role, but didn’t get for an interesting reason:
I’d already done my first movie here, “Ca$h,” a little independent film. I later auditioned for Kirk, James Kirk, but that was very early in the process and I didn’t get it. Then J.J. was trying to find someone for the role of the father, and he remembered someone that looked similar to Chris Pine. He said, “Remember that guy who came in that was too tall? Who was that guy?”
The Thor actor is 6’3″ which would make him significantly taller than the original actor to play Captain Kirk, William Shatner who is 5’10”. This makes Hemsworth the third Hollywood Chris to try out for the role, in addition to Chris Pratt (6’2″) and of course Chris Pine (6’0″).
Hemsworth went on to describe his second audition and time playing George Kirk:
[J.J. Abrams] tracked me down and asked me to come in and read the scene. I came in and he hands me the pages and says, “I loved your audition from six months ago. I just re-watched it. Can you read this scene for me?” This was right at his desk. So, I did the scene. I was reading and he was reading, and he said, “OK, stop. You got the part. See you on Monday.” And I was like “What?” I was excited, but I had no idea what it was going to be. I hadn’t grown up on “Star Trek.” I didn’t know how big this production was going to be. And that was a good thing, because when I got on set I was kind of pretty casual and loose with it. If I’d have known it was this $150 million thing, and J.J. Abrams was who he was, it probably would have scared the hell out of me.
Hemsworth in the dark about Tarantino Trek
As we reported recently, while promoting his new movie 12 Strong, Chris Hemsworth has said he was unaware of any updates on his return to Star Trek, which was announced in 2016. In another promotional interview with the Toronto Sun the actor talked again about his ignorance about what effect the recently announced Quentin Tarantino Star Trek project has on his possible return. saying:
“I haven’t had a discussion about Star Trek for quite awhile…I don’t know what’s happening. There was an idea that was pitched to me and J.J. some time ago and I was incredibly excited by it”
Keep up with all the news regarding the next Star Trek film here at TrekMovie.