Chris Hemsworth reveals he turned down Star Trek 4 because he wasn’t satisfied with the script.
Hemsworth famously played George Kirk in director J.J. Abrams’ first movie, Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002, with various rumors suggesting that a fourth entry would somehow bring James T. Kirk’s father back from the grave.
Speaking to Variety, Hemsworth explained why he turned down Star Trek 4, saying, “I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet. I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table.”
A couple years prior to his big breakout as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hemsworth had a small, but memorable, role in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot. In the opening sequence, the actor portrayed George Kirk, father of James T. Kirk, who heroically sacrificed himself so the crew of the U.S.S. Kelvin could get away to safety. George’s death loomed large over Jim over the course of the new films (particularly the first one), as Jim looked to live up to his father’s legacy while becoming his own leader in Starfleet.
Hemsworth said that he has become more selective with his movie roles — presumably since finding fame as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and is instead concentrating on the likes of Men In Black: International.
Only last year, it sounded like Star Trek 4 had hit a major snag when sources claimed both Hemsworth and Chris Pine were walking. Although this was put down to salary disputes, it now sounds like Hemsworth wanted out for a different reason.