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George Takei Tried to Convince the Team Behind Star Trek Beyond to Not Make Sulu Gay

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William Mcneely
Jul 07, 2016 19:14
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Image: Hikaru Sulu via Memory Alpha

While the creative team—and the man currently playing Hikaru Sulu, John Cho—of Star Trek Beyond may have decided that including a scene of Sulu with his same sex partner wasn t a big deal,George Takei had a different response.

The actor who originated the role told 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.

Cho called Takei to tell him about the move, and Takei tried to explain his misgivings.

While Takei s timeline doesn t work out—Beyond is in an alternate universe and a prequel—his point may be that Sulu s existed in the public consciousness so long that having him come out in this chronologically late movie seems like he was closeted before.

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