Viewers find out that Sulu is gay in Star Trek Beyond but they won’t get to see him kiss his husband.
‘There was a kiss that I think is not there anymore,’ actor John Cho, who plays Sulu, tells Vulture.
‘It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss.’
Sulu’s husband is played by Doug Jung who co-wrote the screenplay with Simon Pegg.
‘I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough,’ Cho says. ‘Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We’re two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.’
Jung ended up doing the small role because Cho had requested that Sulu’s husband be Asian.
‘We were in Vancouver first and we finished up the production in Dubai and that scene was in Dubai and I was like, “Hey, so who’d you get?” They were like, “We can’t find anybody! Doug may have to play him!” It started out as a joke. I was like, “Haha.” And then at some point they were not joking. We definitely had trouble finding East Asians first off, and then actors willing to play gay. We had a guy and then his parents really objected. Basically, we couldn’t find an Asian actor willing to play gay in Dubai is my understanding.’