It was recently revealed that in “Star Trek Beyond,” the latest installment in the new universe of the “Star Trek” franchise, the character of Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) is openly gay. Since its revelation, the news has spread like wild fire but most people have reacted positively with the change that was made for the character. However, George Takei, the original actor who played the iconic character isn’t too happy about it. In response to Takei’s reaction, Simon Pegg has stated his own opinions.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Takei stated, “I think it’s really unfortunate,” with regard to the new revelation of Sulu’s sexuality. He also mentioned that the character that franchise creator Gene Roddenberry created is being twisted.
However, as mentioned in The Guardian, Pegg has a different opinion towards the sexuality of the character. Pegg plays Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott in the rebooted “Star Trek” franchise. Furthermore, he also co-wrote the script for “Star Trek Beyond.”
He replied to Takei’s comment by saying, “I have huge love and respect for George Takei, his heart, courage and humor are an inspiration. However, with regards to his thoughts on our Sulu, I must respectfully disagree with him.”
He stated that Takei is right that in a way it is unfortunate since the universe of “Star Trek” did not have an LGBT character until now. Also, he stated that the people behind the film like director Justin Lin and co-writer Doug Jung were very optimistic about the idea. The reason for their optimism is that it is interesting to know that the concept of LGBT exists in the universe of “Star Trek.”
He added, “Our Trek is an alternate timeline with alternate details. Whatever magic ingredient determines our sexuality was different for Sulu in our timeline. I like this idea because it suggests that in a hypothetical multiverse, across an infinite matrix of alternate realities, we are all LGBT somewhere. Whatever dimension we inhabit, we all just want to be loved by those we love (and I love George Takei). I can’t speak for every reality but that must surely true of this one.”
Despite the difference in their opinions, Pegg still has high respect for Takei.
“Star Trek Beyond” is expected to show in cinemas on July 22.