By presenting the character of Mr. Sulu as a gay man in the new "Star Trek" movie, the film's makers had intended their choice to be a tribute to George Takei, the actor who originated the role in the 1960s TV series.
Takei came out in 2005 and has since become an icon in the LGBT community.
Among other things, he talked about his years of hiding his sexual orientation in Hollywood for fear of losing TV and movie roles.But Takei doesn't regard the choice to make USS Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu gay as a tribute.
And, his objections have put him at odds with the makers of "Star Trek Beyond," including star and co-screenwriter Simon Pegg.In an interview Thursday with the Hollywood Reporter, Takei called the choice "unfortunate."
George Takei, who played the character Hikaru Sulu, on Star Trek, visited the Tech Museum of San Jose, for the promotion of "Star Trek The Exhibition," Tuesday October 20, 2009.
The museum has dedicated 15,000 square feet of space for the exhibit which features original uniforms, spacecraft models, and other items.