Matt Damon Almost Played Kirk's Dad in Star Trek
11.27.09 by Ryan
Is there another actor with the luck streak Chris Hemsworth is currently enjoying? After playing the role of Captain Kirk's father in J.J. Abrams's Star Trek, Hemsworth grabbed the title role in Thor.
However, Abrams told MTV that Hemsworth almost lost the role to Matt Damon.
I went to Damon for the role of Kirk's father, and he declined in the most gracious and understandable and logical of reasons. Maybe it would have been distracting to have someone as massively famous as Matt Damonst 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. We lucked out with Chris Hemsworth, and he did a great job.
Without Star Trek, it's doubtful Hemsworth would have landed the Thor gig. Here's hoping he gave thanks yesterday that that Damon had "reasons" to turn down the role.