After George Takei's public declaration of disapproval toward Star Trek Beyond's newly announced gay Sulu storyline, Zachary Quinto is also speaking out.
"As a member of the LGBT community myself," Quinto told PEDESTRIAN.TV, "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..."
79-year-old Takei, who played the original Sulu, told The Hollywood Reporter it was "unfortunate" the character would be gay, as this wasn't the vision Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had for the hero:
"Unfortunately, [making Sulu gay] is a twisting of [Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's] creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate," Takei pointed out. "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. [Director Justin Lin] left me feeling that that was going to happen."
But Quinto, who plays Spock in the newest Star Trek films, has a very different view point.
"I get it. [Takei] has had his own personal journey and has his own personal relationship with this character," he said, "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.
"Come on, George."
It's clear the actors have respect for one another despite their differing opinions, but it is interesting that two individuals — both homosexual — pose such divergent points.
Does a new universe mean a new approach, as Quinto suggests, or is Takei's dedication to the purity of the original characters more fair?