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George Takei Says Making Sulu Gay Doesn’t Honor Roddenberry’s ‘Star Trek’ Vision

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George Takei Says Making Sulu Gay Doesn’t Honor Roddenberry’s ‘Star Trek’ Vision

Despite his own LGBT activism and push for a gay character in “Star Trek,” George Takei (“Star Trek’s” original Hikaru Sulu) doesn’t agree with the choice to make John Cho’s Mr. Sulu gay in “Star Trek Beyond,” claiming that the decision isn’t in line with “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry’s original vision.

“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” Takei told The Hollywood Reporter. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”

RELATED: John Cho’s Sulu is Gay in ‘Star Trek Beyond’

Takei reportedly noted that Roddenberry was “exhaustive” in conceiving his characters — and despite being an LGBT activist himself — never envisioned any of the main crew, including Sulu, to be gay. “I said, ‘This movie is going to be coming out on the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek,” the 50th anniversary of paying tribute to Gene Roddenberry, the man whose vision it was carried us through half a century. Honor him and create a new character. I urged them. [Justin Lin] left me feeling that that was going to happen.”

The 79-year-old actor said he received an email from “Star Trek Beyond” co-writer/star Simon Pegg — after telling director Justin Lin that he wanted a new LGBT character in “Beyond” — and its message made him think the film had changed course on Sulu. Shortly after, John Cho reached out to let him know Sulu would be revealed as gay in the film. “…When I got that email from Simon Pegg, I was kind of confused. He thinks I’m a great guy? Wonderful. But what was the point of that letter? I interpreted that as my words having been heard.”

Directed by Justin Lin, “Star Trek Beyond” hits theaters on July 22.

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