Zachary Quinto wishes George Takei felt differently.
The Star Trek icon, who played the role of Sulu in the original TV series and films, is not pleased the character is revealed to be gay in Star Trek Beyond.
‘I was disappointed by the fact that George was disappointed,’ says Quinto, who has Spock in the last three feature films and, like Takei, is openly gay.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter he is disappointed in ‘any member of the LGBT community that takes issue with the normalized and positive portrayal of members of our community in Hollywood and in mainstream blockbuster cinema.’
‘I get it that he has had his own personal journey and has his own personal relationship with this character but, you know, as we established in the first Star Trek film in 2009, we’ve created an alternate universe, and my hope is that eventually George can be strengthened by the enormously positive response from especially young people who are heartened by and inspired by this really tasteful and beautiful portrayal of something that I think is gaining acceptance and inclusion in our societies across the world, and should be.’
Takei had said the move was ‘really unfortunate’ and said his previous concerns to the director and writers were ignored.