Online news sites are following the debate between “Star Trek” actors, including stars George Takei and Simon Pegg, over the change in the sexual orientation of the character of Sulu, the helmsman of the USS Enterprise.
Pegg, who plays chief engineer Scotty in the reboot films and the co-writer in the next “Star Trek Beyond” feature , revealed and confirmed that the character is gay. Original TV series cast member Takei, who is openly gay, felt that his character wasn’t intended to be gay when he played the character in the 1960’s TV show and feature films. Both actors are being respectful of each other, as well as other cast members, like Zachary Quinto (Spock in the reboot).
In a statement released to “The Guardian,” Pegg has said he intended the revelation in the new film that the character – now played by John Cho – is in a same-sex relationship as a tribute to Takei’s gay rights activism. Pegg wrote: “I have huge love and respect for George Takei, his heart, courage and humour are an inspiration. However, with regards to his thoughts on our Sulu, I must respectfully disagree with him.”
Meanwhile, in a statement to Hollywood Reporter, Takei said, “I’m delighted that there’s a gay character. Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s [Roddenberry, the creator and producer of “Star Trek”] creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”
Read more at:
- The Guardian: Simon Pegg: I respectfully disagree with George Takei over gay Sulu (7/8/16) and Hikaro Sulu portrayed as gay in new Star Trek film, says actor John Cho (7/7/16)
- The Hollywood Reporter: George Takei Reacts to Gay Sulu News: “I Think It’s Really Unfortunate” (7/7/16)
- Deadline Hollywood: ‘Star Trek’s Gay Sulu Debate: Simon Pegg & Zachary Quinto Respond (7/8/16)
SIDEWALKS had the pleasure to interview Takei, Pegg and Cho in previous interviews.