While Star Trek Beyond actor and writer Simon Pegg wanted to honor actor George Takei by revealing his character, Hikaru Sulu, is in fact gay, Takei took issue with the concept. As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter yesterday afternoon, Takei even attempted to dissuade Pegg, director Justin Lin and new Sulu actor John Cho from including a scene in which the Enterprise helmsman is seen with a same-sex partner and daughter.
Now, Pegg has responded, saying in a statement (via THR), “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.”
At issue: Takei maintained the production should’ve introduced a new character onto the Enterprise as Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry intended Sulu to be straight and that the new revelation would mean Sulu was closeted in the original series. He called the decision to go forward with the scene “unfortunate.”
But Pegg explained that he felt it was important to utilize a character audiences already viewed as a “human being” to avoid certain prejudices. He also added that the Star Trek features’ alternate timeline — now known as the Kelvin Timeline — allows for some alterations to the characters.
“I like this idea because it suggests that in a hypothetical multiverse, across an infinite matrix of alternate realities, we are all LGBT somewhere,” he said.