He is known as the iconic Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, the victim of discrimination during his stay at a Japanese Internment Camp, and one of the most influential activists in the current gay-rights movement.
George Takei joins us to talk about his new documentary “To Be Takei,” which chronicles Takei and his husband Brad in their journey to raise awareness against homophobia. According to director Jennifer Kroot, the film documents Takei’s linear history, from his beginnings in Japanese internment camps and his struggle to obtain non-stereotypical roles as an actor. The documentary follows the legendary actor on his guest appearances on numerous television shows, but also portrays the less glamorous day-to-day activities, which is also a part of what it means “To Be Takei.”
What do you feel is George Takei’s biggest contribution to popular culture? Do you see Takei as a leader against homophobia and racial stereotypes?
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George Takei, actor and activist; he’s the star of the documentary “To Be Takei”