George Takei just doesn’t think gay Sulu was gay enough in ‘Star Trek Beyond’
George Takei wasn’t happy about Sulu being revealed as gay in Star Trek Beyond anyway.
The man who originated the character in the first television series thought it sent a message that his Sulu was living a lie.
Now that the film has had its theatrical run, the openly gay Takei shares that he isn’t happy with the ‘tentative way’ the big reveal was handled.
‘They talked about Sulu becoming gay, but it was such a tentative thing. Shakespeare said it: “Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,”‘ Takei tells Digital Spy.
‘Sulu comes back, picks up the little girl and hugs her, and then puts his arm around a guy and they walk off…not even a kiss. Just hugging the baby and arm around the guy… and it’s over.’
Sulu has been played by John Cho in the three most recent Star Trek movies.
Takei thinks Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry would have handled the depiction of a gay character far differently.
‘He would’ve created a gay character who has his own history in this kind of society and explored what kind of issues he would have to deal with, and how he would’ve expressed himself, and how society would’ve dealt with him. All those potentials are there – and yet …’
Despite Takei’s feelings, Cho has said the decision by writer Simon Pegg and the director Justin Lin to make Sulu gay was a loving tribute to Takei, and a sign of the ‘changing times’.