George Takei: it’s ‘unfortunate’ Sulu is gay in new ‘Star Trek’ film

July 8, 2016

Legendary Star Trek actor George Takei has said he’s “delighted” that there will be a gay character in the upcoming Star Trek movie but also feels that the news that his former character Mr. Sulu will come out is “really unfortunate”.

SINGAPORE - MAY 23:  American actor and author, George Hosato Takei gestures on the red carpet during the Social Star Awards 2013 at Marina Bay Sands on May 23, 2013 in Singapore.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

(Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

ICYMI – Actor John Cho, who plays Sulu in the reboot movies, recently said in an interview that the character will be revealed as gay in Star Trek Beyond.

George Takei poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

(Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Responding to the news to The Hollywood Reporter, Takei said, “I’m delighted that there’s a gay character. Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s creation, into which he put so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate”.

Takei went on to describe his reaction when Cho informed him of the news last year, “I told him, ‘Be imaginative and create a character who has a history of being gay, rather than Sulu, who had been straight all this time, suddenly being revealed as being closeted.'”

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Takei also recalled a conversation he had with the director, “I said, ‘This movie is going to be coming out on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the 50th anniversary of paying tribute to Gene Roddenberry, the man whose vision it was carried us through half a century. Honour him and create a new character. I urged them. He left me feeling that that was going to happen.”


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