Star Trek former star George Takei recently expressed his negative reaction regarding the news that his character Sulu is going to be gay and that it was based on his sexual preference.
In a recent interview with Hollywood Reporter, Takei mentioned that although the idea is great, he really thought the move was not necessary. ?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,? said the actor.
Furthermore, Takei even convinced the production team to create a new character for the gay role instead of changing one?s gender preference. ?I told him [John Cho, the man playing Sulu in the upcoming movie], ?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,?? added Takei.
Takei then further explained that the upcoming movie is a part of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise as well as paying tribute to creator Gene Roddenberry, and the best way to do it is to create a new character. Although Takei ?urged them? and was left ?feeling that that was going to happen,? that is certainly not the case.
Aside from Cho, Takei mentioned that he even talked to the director of Star Trek Beyond, Justin Lin, about the character. However, it seems like the decision did not change. ?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,? the actor told The Hollywood Reporter.
Clearly, Takei did not really give his nod to the decision that Sulu is going to be gay in the upcoming Star Trek movie. Also, what appears to be ironic is the previous statement of the producers that they did it in honor of the actor, who obviously is not in favor of it. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Star Trek Beyond is going to premiere July 22, 2016.