Everyone love George Takei, who manages the tricky feat of permanently having his tongue in his cheek but still managing to use his celebrity to challenge homophobia and make a difference. He’s now the subject of a documentary, To Be Takei, which George has announced on his Facebook page will be premièring at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January.
Here’s the film’s synopsis: ‘Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star’s wacky and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.’
He’s certainly led an interesting life, and indeed he’s probably more famous and respected now than he has been at any time in his life – after all, even at the height of Star Trek, he had to stand at the back with Walter Koenig. Now he’s been embraced by a whole new generation, who adore his sense of humour, knack for social media and his heartfelt support of gay rights.
Indeed he’s so well loved there’s even a musical, called Takei: Allegiance, that plans to open in New York in 2014.