George Takei Not a Fan of Gay ‘Star Trek’ Character
Hikaru Sulu’s private details will be revealed in the new film and fans will discover the character, now played by John Cho, is a father to a young daughter with his gay partner.
Cho liked the idea and has saluted moviemakers for not making a big deal of his character’s sexuality, but Takei, who played Sulu on TV and in the early Star Trek movies is not a fan, insisting the decision to make the USS Enterprise’s third officer gay is not what creator Gene Roddenberry would have wanted.
The actor, who announced he was gay in 2005, tells The Hollywood Reporter, “I’m delighted that there’s a gay character. Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”
Takei reveals Cho called him to reveal the news their character would ‘come out’ in Star Trek Beyond and he attempted the new Sulu to convince filmmakers to reconsider.
“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 says.
He also spoke to director Justin Lin, adding, “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. Honor him and create a new character. I urged them. He left me feeling that that was going to happen.”
“I really tried to work with these people when at long last the issue of gay equality was going to be addressed. I thought after that conversation with Justin that was going to happen.”
Star Trek Beyond hits cinemas later this month.