Chris Pine has some amazingly cool things to say about Star Trek finally having some gay characters
Chris Pine is happy to see that the Star Trek franchise is finally getting a little gay.
The upcoming Star Trek: Discovery TV series for CBS All Access will have a gay character and it was revealed in the recent Star Trek Beyond film that the character of Sulu is gay.
‘Amen, man. It’s about f—ing time,’ Pine tells The Hollywood Reporter. ‘The fact that there’s still a conversation about it means that there’s still room to go in terms of it being normalized.’
In the film, Sulu (played by John Cho) is seen with a same-sex partner and their daughter. Pine’s character of Capt. James Kirk sees the family from a distance and smiles to himself.
This led to some criticism from openly gay actor George Takei who originated the role of Sulu in the first Star Trek TV show and feature films. Takei felt the twist meant that Sulu, as he played him in decades past, was closeted.
‘My only rebuttal to George Takei — no matter what kind of creative differences he had about Sulu being gay, and I can understand his creative differences — is the fact that our job is to make people feel less alone,’ says Pine.
‘If there’s one kid in Middle America who feels any amount of self-loathing because he feels different, or is being bullied because he feels different or looks different or sounds different, if our film can give him solace and make him or her feel less alone, then abso-effin-loutely we should do it all the time, every day of the week.’
Well said Chris!