“I went in and met with J.J. Abrams about one of the characters,” the 39-year-old actor revealed of a secret casting session with the director for the “Star Trek” reboot. “That led to a series of conversations and I was very flattered. Lots of emails exchanged between the two of us. Ultimately I think we both were aware that it just didn’t make sense. It was a mutual thing.”
Olyphant’s confession raises more questions than it answers, of course, chief among them exactly what character he was supposedly up for. Based solely on the actors who eventually signed on, Olyphant would seem most like Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy) in age and temperament, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility to think he might have been up for Nero or even Captain Kirk.
Regardless of who he was up for, though, Olyphant is certain Abrams made the right choice with who he eventually got.
“It was a very flattering experience. If [Abrams] called to ask me to do anything I would do it. I’m a huge fan of his. He was really great,” Olyphant said. “[But] I’m sure he got the best cast.”
In the end, Olyphant admitted, he’s not the biggest “Star Trek” fan anyway.
“I remember watching the show on television like everybody else. I recall the ‘Wrath of Khan’ being a good film,” he said. “[But I’m] not particularly [a Trekkie].”
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