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