Sometimes the stories behind films are far stranger than their actual plot lines, and that certainly seems to be the case with 1986's "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, original screenwriters Steve Meerson and Peter Krikes wrote about 10 outlines for the film before one was eventually approved that included a role for Eddie Murphy, who still basking in the success of his 1984 comedy "Beverly Hills Cop."
As Emerson recalled, "The original draft included a part for Eddie Murphy. Eddie was on the lot at Paramount at the time and arguably was the biggest star in the world. They had told us he was a huge 'Star Trek' fan."
Murphy's role was to be a Berkeley astrophysicist, but the proposed deal fell through before the start of filming. Meerson and Peter Krikes' script was rewritten (although how extensive these rewrites were is a matter of some disagreement), and the character was replaced by marine biologist Gillian Taylor, played by Catherine Hicks, who served as Captain Kirk's love interest.
And now "Trek" fans are left to wonder at the alternate universe in which Murphy's character appeared in "The Voyage Home," and enjoyed a dinner out with Kirk.