Despite three prime time Emmy nominataions actor Timothy Olyphant has never had the break out star making role he deserves despite appearing in Die Hard 4 , Hitman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Adding to that is his being looked over for other roles and on a recent podcast it was revealed why Timothy Olyphant lost the role of Captain Kirk in JJ Abrams Star Trek.
The actor revealed, ‘“Here’s what I can tell you about Star Trek: I went in and auditioned not for Captain Kirk, but I remember reading with J.J. Abrams and he’s just a lovely, lovely guy. And just a lovely, lovely audition process,” Olyphant said. “Somewhere in there, I was auditioning for Doc, he’s like, ‘I already got a guy for Doc, so I don’t need you for that. But I don’t have a Kirk.‘”
He continued, ‘“I believe it was one of those things where it’s like, they might have been prepared to hire me, but they wanted somebody younger, and [Abrams] was having a hard time finding somebody younger,” he said. “And somewhere along the line, J.J. called and said, ‘I found a guy, younger, who’s really good.’”
But he went on to say, ‘“Auditioning sucks and the fact that I remember the audition process fondly says a lot about J.J. Abrams and what a wonderful man that guy is.” before adding, ‘ I have since then met Chris Pine and I am a huge fan of him both on and off screen. I love that guy. He’s a good dude. …..This sounds very show business-y, but I had the honor, we’re going to say honor, to go to the Golden Globes one year… and I spent most of the evening at the bar with Chris Pine. Just really adored him. What a good guy. I really like his work. He’s one of those guys who makes it look simple and easy.
So that’s Timothy Olyphant lost the role of Captain Kirk in JJ Abrams Star Trek…..
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