Image: Hikaru Sulu via Memory AlphaWhile the creative team—and the man currently playing Hikaru Sulu, John Cho—of Star Trek Beyond may have decided that including a scene of Sulu with his same sex partner wasn t a big deal,George Takei had a different response.The actor who originated the role told the Hollywood Reporter, 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.Cho called Takei to tell him about the move, and Takei tried to explain his misgivings.While Takei s timeline doesn t work out—Beyond is in an alternate universe and a prequel—his point may be that Sulu s existed in the public consciousness so long that having him come out in this chronologically late movie seems like he was closeted before.
After five decades, Star Trek is finally introducing a canonical LGBT character - and it's a familiar one to fans of the sci-fi series.In the upcoming Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the rebooted timeline established by director JJ Abrams in 2009, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu will be revealed as gay - and actor John Cho says it's not a big deal."I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicise one's personal orientations," Cho told Australian outlet Herald SunThe character will be seen in Star Trek Beyond, directed by Fast and Furious' Justin Lin, as being in a same-sex relationship.Sulu and his partner will reportedly have a daughter together too, a possible reference to Demora Sulu, Hikaru's adult daughter in the previous continuity, who appeared in 1994's Star Trek Generations.Having the modern Sulu as an out gay man is a nice nod to actor George Takei, who played the original version of the character in the television series and several movies.
The Star Trek franchise is known for bringing the first interracial kiss to U.S. television, and now it has taken another progressive step by adding its first openly gay character.In Star Trek Beyond, the helmsman of the USS Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu played by John Cho , will be out and raising a daughter with his partner, according to Australia s Herald Sun.I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one s personal orientations, Cho told the Herald Sun.Cho also revealed that writer Simon Pegg who also plays Scotty in the current series of films and director Justin Lin decided to make Sulu gay in honor of George Takei, the actor who played the lieutenant in the original TV series and films.With Star Trek airing in the 1960s, a time that wasn t exactly LGBT-friendly, Takei didn t publicly come out until decades later.He did, however, work with LGBT organizations even before revealing his sexuality, and he has continued his activism in the years since.
While the creative team — and the man currently playing Hikaru Sulu, John Cho — of Star Trek Beyond may have decided that including a scene of Sulu with his same sex partner wasn t a big deal, George Takei had a different response.The actor who originated the role told the Hollywood Reporter, 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.Cho called Takei to tell him about the move, and Takei tried to explain his misgivings.While Takei s timeline doesn t work out — Beyond is in an alternate universe and a prequel — his point may be that Sulu s existed in the public consciousness so long that having him come out in this chronologically late movie seems like he was closeted before.Takei also told the Hollywood Reporter that he said a similar thing to director Justin Lin, arguing that the best way to honour the 50th anniversary year of Star Trek was to create a brand new character, rather than changing an existing one.
Image: Star Trek Beyond, ParamountIt s been a bit of a rollercoaster ever since the news that Hikaru Sulu, the character originally portrayed by George Takei in the original Star Trek show and played in the current movies by John Cho, would be gay in Star Trek Beyond.And now, the writer of the film, Simon Pegg, has his say.Takei further told the Hollywood Reporter that he argued for creating a new gay character, rather than change Sulu.Simon Pegg who not only plays Scotty in the movie, but wrote the script respectfully disagrees that they should have done that instead.The Guardian printed a response from Pegg, and here s everything of his it printed, in the order it presented it:
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.
It s been a bit of a rollercoaster ever since the news that Hikaru Sulu, the character originally portrayed by George Takei in the original Star Trek show and played in the current movies by John Cho, would be gay in Star Trek Beyond.And now, the writer of the film, Simon Pegg, has his say.Takei further told the Hollywood Reporter that he argued for creating a new gay character, rather than change Sulu.Simon Pegg who not only plays Scotty in the movie, but wrote the script respectfully disagrees that they should have done that instead.The Guardian printed a response from Pegg, and here s everything of his it printed, in the order it presented it:I have huge love and respect for George Takei, his heart, courage and humour are an inspiration.
The latest preview for Star Trek Beyond puts the focus on how well the crew of the U.S.S.Enterprise operates together, but it s also jam-packed with new footage from the highly anticipated follow-up to 2013 s Star Trek Into Darkness.Titled Unity, the 30-second television spot features James T. Kirk Chris Pine , Leonard Bones McCoy Karl Urban , Spock Zachary Quinto , and the rest of the crew pondering their ability to work together while we re treated to scenes of the cosmic destruction and disarray that await them in Star Trek Beyond.It s a nice juxtaposition that teases some of the wild action in director Justin Lin s first foray into the Star Trek universe.Directed by Lin from a script penned by franchise actor Simon Pegg Spaced and Doug Jung Banshee , Star Trek Beyond brings back Pine, Urban, and Quinto from the previous films, as well as Pegg as Montgomery Scotty Scott , Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura , recently deceased actor Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov , and John Cho as Hikaru Sulu .Newcomers to the cast this time around include Luther star Idris Elba as Krall, Kingsman: The Secret Service actor Sofia Boutella Jaylah, and The Raid actor Joe Taslim in an unidentified role.
Star Trek Beyond doesn t just have a gay Hikaru Sulu or the backing of a Rihanna song, it s also got Idris Elba as Krall, its sinister and cranky villain who hates everything Kirk and pals stand for.Now you can get to know him Krall day and Krall night long in a new featurette focusing on the character.The theme in this new featurette is that Krall is supposedly more than just an angry alien, but instead a complex opponent for the crew of the Enterprise to face, an isolationist who s not at all fond of the Federation s plans to boldly go about the galaxy and stick their collective noses into other civilization s business.But you don t really get to hear much about that complexity here, and are instead treated to many shots of Krall glowering and stomping around while beating the shit out of Kirk.It s most hilariously summed up by Elba s opening line in the featurette:When you meet him, you go Oh, he s a bad guy!
But here s something a bit different—tucked into a second response addressing George Takei s disappointment, co-writer Simon Pegg has shared his explanation for this change, given that the movie timeline only diverged from the original Trek universe upon Nero s arrival in the 2009 movie.Seeing as Nero went back in time and created the Kelvin timeline in 2233, it s hard to see how his arrival would have changed the sexual preference of young Hikaru Sulu, born on Earth in 2230.The implication is that since Sulu hadn t been shown as gay in the original Star Trek TV series and movies, this felt like saying he had been closeted, which is where Takei s major problem lay.Pegg has a different thought, one rooted in the alternate universe theory paragraph breaks added for clarity :With the Kelvin timeline, we are not entirely beholden to existing canon, this is an alternate reality and, as such is full of new and alternate possibilities.Well, the explanation comes down to something very Star Treky; theoretical, quantum physics and the less than simple fact that time is not linear.
But here s something a bit different: tucked into a second response addressing George Takei s disappointment, co-writer Simon Pegg has shared his explanation for this change, given that the movie timeline only diverged from the original Trek universe upon Nero s arrival in the 2009 movie.Seeing as Nero went back in time and created the Kelvin timeline in 2233, it s hard to see how his arrival would have changed the sexual preference of young Hikaru Sulu, born on Earth in 2230.The implication is that since Sulu hadn t been shown as gay in the original Star Trek TV series and movies, this felt like saying he had been closeted, which is where Takei s major problem lay.Pegg has a different thought, one rooted in the alternate universe theory paragraph breaks added for clarity :With the Kelvin timeline, we are not entirely beholden to existing canon, this is an alternate reality and, as such is full of new and alternate possibilities.Well, the explanation comes down to something very Star Treky; theoretical, quantum physics and the less than simple fact that time is not linear.
The news that popular Star Trek character Sulu will be gay in the latest instalment of the film has largely been met by praise – except from George Takei, who starred as Sulu in the original series.Now the cast of Star Trek Beyond, which has just been released in the UK, have said they support the decision."It is high time for an LGBT character to be included in the Star Trek universe," Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, told the BBC.Takei, who is gay, earlier told the Hollywood Reporter that while he was "delighted" to see a gay character in the film it was "twisting of Gene Roddenbury's creation, to which he put in so much thought."British star Simon Pegg reiterated that the current iteration of the character "doesn't change George's Sulu in any way", and claimed that Takei's vision of his own character would remain the same, despite the reboot.This is the first time a Star Trek film or show has had an LGBT character, and it may not be the last – showrunner Bryan Fuller suggested the new TV series may have a similar character.
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