02/26/2013 11:18 am ET

Mark Wahlberg On 'Star Trek': 'I Didn't Understand The Words' (VIDEO)

Mark Wahlberg has his hands in everything: "Ted," "Boardwalk Empire," the "Transformers" franchise, even the Academy Awards. (He presented with Ted.) One place, however, he won't appear? The bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

During press rounds for "Broken City," Wahlberg was asked about J.J. Abrams and the "Star Wars" franchise. (Hadn't you heard? There's a new rule that states all interviewers must question celebrities about "Star Wars.") Wahlberg used that opportunity to reveal that he was approached by Abrams to appear in the director's "Star Trek" reboot, but had to decline because he didn't "understand the words."

From Wahlberg:

I love J.J. Abrams. I've only seen the original "Star Wars," when I was a kid. My dad wasn't really into sci-fi. [...] I'm interested to see what J.J. does. I remember him asking me to play Captain Kirk's father in "Star Trek." I tried to read the script and I didn't understand the words or dialogue or anything. I said, "I couldn't do this. I think you're really talented, but I couldn't do it." Then I saw the movie, and I thought, "Holy shit, he did a great job."

Chris Hemsworth was eventually cast as Kirk's father in "Star Trek," a cameo appearance that help Hemsworth get cast in "Thor." From the files of what might have been: Wahlberg as Kirk's dad as Thor?

Watch Wahlberg talk "Trek" and "Wars" above.

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