Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful and incisive film To Be Takei.
As a child forced into Japanese American internment camps, the
actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well
into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows.
Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek,Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continued to challenge the status
quo well into the twenty-first century.
Now at 77, ten years after formally coming out of the closet, Takei and
his husband, Brad, have become the poster couple for marriage
equality, highlighting homophobia through television interviews and hilarious skits,
many of which have gone viral and garnered widespread attention. Whether dishing
on William Shatner or parodying the now-infamous comments made by
Tim Hardaway, Takei proves time and again why his presence in popular
culture remains as fresh and necessary as ever.
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