Spock actor Zachary Quinto has weighed in on the gay Sulu debate - and he’s not too happy with George Takei.
Takei, ‘Star Trek’s original Sulu actor and an openly gay LGBT rights activist, surprised some by expressing disappointment with the decision to present Sulu (as portrayed by John Cho) in a same-sex marriage, on grounds of it being contrary to the original vision of late ‘Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry.
Quinto remarks, “As a member of the LGBT community myself… I was disappointed by the fact that George was disappointed.
"I think any member of the LGBT community that takes issue with the normalised and positive portrayal of members of our community in Hollywood and in mainstream blockbuster cinema…
"I get it. He [Takei] 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."
The 'alternate universe’ of the new 'Star Trek’ movies is most pronounced in the progression of Quinto’s Spock (previously portrayed by the late Leonard Nimoy, who reprised the role as 'Spock Prime’ in 2009’s 'Star Trek and 2012’s 'Star Trek Into Darkness’).
The new series began with the destruction of Spock’s homeworld Vulcan, and a burgeoning romance between Spock and Uhura - neither of which occurred in the original timeline.
Pegg also defended the representation of Sulu as gay on grounds of the alternate timeline, remarking to The Guardian, “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.”
‘Star Trek Beyond’ opens on 22 July.
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