This year SyFy cancelled its Twilight Zone marathon for July 4th in favor of airing a Nightmare on Elm Street marathon. Twilight Zone on SyFy has been an annual event for years. Those that hadn’t seen the Rod Serling series in its heyday could watch it and see some great science fiction. And, of course, they could spot people who went on to fame and fortune after appearing on the series.
Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds, Ron Howard and Carol Burnett all made appearances before going on to have amazing careers. There is another group of actors that continued the association with science fiction after their stint on the Twilight Zone. Cast members and guests on a little show from the late 1960s, Star Trek.
Even though the show is over 50 years old there are SPOILERS!!!!
There were really three groups of actors on the original Star Trek series:
The leading actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Deforrest Kelley.
There were the weekly and occasionally recurring guest stars. These were people like Richard Kiel (Jaws in the Bond films), Joan Collins, Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd), etc.
But the strength of the show is often measured in the strength of its supporting regular cast. Scotty (James Doohan), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Sulu (George Takei) and Checkov (Walter Koenig) were often used as set dressing and had little to do. But when they had something to do, they did it well and memorably.
Here are some facts about the actors that gave space for Shatner’s overacting:
There’s been a lot of Internet discussion about Sulu’s sexual orientation in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. Simon Pegg wrote the script for the third film in the rebooted universe (13th for the entire Star Trek Movie Franchise) and George Takei, who played Sulu in the original series and big screen movies, didn’t see eye to eye on that change to the character. John Cho, who plays Sulu in the recently named Kelvin Timeline went into more detail in a recent interview with Vulture, revealing that the big kiss scene ended up on the editing room floor. (more…)
If you’ve been following us here on Nerdbastards, you’ve probably become aware that in the new movie Star Trek Beyond, the character Hikaru Sulu (as played by John Cho) is ‘coming out’ of the metaphorical closet with little fanfare. This was in hopes, by writer Simon Pegg (who also plays Montgomery “Scotty” Scott) to normalize gay characters in Star Trek; it was also intended to honor the character’s original actor George Takei, who is a gay man himself and huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. However, in a surprising twist, George Takei (respectfully) disapproved of the change. It did not take long for Simon Pegg to give Takei a response (also with a respectful tone). Now, Mr. Takei has responded back to the Star Trek writer, and he seems to have extended the hand of peace. (more…)
A couple of days back, Star Trek fans were provided with the information that in the newest film, Star Trek Beyond, Hikaru Sulu (played by John Cho in the rebooted series) would be revealed to have a husband and daughter waiting at home for him. While many fans of the series applauded the decision, the one person who seemed to be most vocal with his displeasure of the treatment was none other than the original Sulu himself, George Takei. Considering the fact that the decision to reveal Sulu’s sexuality was almost a tribute to Takei, who revealed his sexuality years back and has since been a very vocal activist for the LGBT community, it came as rather a shock when Takei publicly voiced his displeasure with Sulu’s new characteristic. Now, Simon Pegg, who will be taking his third outing as Scotty in the new Trek film, has a few words for Takei. (more…)
As we previously announced, the revamped Star Trek series with a younger cast recently announced that actor George Takei’s character Hikaru Sulu now played by actor John Cho was going to be revealed as gay in the upcoming Star Trek film: Star Trek Beyond. Sulu would be revealed to have a male partner and a child and although was a part of Starfleet, would be a loving family man. Writer Simon Pegg wrote this storyline into the film for all the right reasons. This seems like a fitting tribute to the actor, who after coming out in 2005, years after is run on Star Trek ended, has become a fierce advocate of LGTB issues later in life. Sure there are some people on the interwebs who might have an issue with it, but for the most part, many were welcome to the idea as a nice tribute to the actor and all he’s done post-Star Trek.
In the movement for marriage equality, one of the things that helped change a lot of minds on the subject was George Takei coming out of the closet. Not everybody has a gay friend, but almost everyone knows the man that piloted the Enterprise on its five-year mission and follow-up movies, and when people found out that the man that played Sulu has gay and in a committed relationship for three decades, it made a lot of people re-think their opinion. So in a classy touch, the new Star Trek film Star Trek Beyond will pay tribute to Takei’s quiet activism by revealing that John Cho‘s iteration of the character is a family man with a husband and daughter. (more…)
If there is such a thing as an expert on race and casting in Hollywood, George Takei would definitely be in the running. He’s enjoyed a long and vaunted career, which of course includes all his years on the bridge of the Enterprise as Star Trek’s Sulu. Takei knows well the powerful message in casting minorities, after all, he played a character of Japanese descent on American TV less than two decades after World War Two, and more than that, Sulu sat in a position of authority, and in time when Asian actors are still struggling to get their fair share of the spotlight, that’s saying something. And then there’s Doctor Strange… (more…)
A new viral video just appeared on our radar, teasing us fans. Made to appear as a 80’s TV special it croons at us with the golden voice of George Takei. Referencing the film Days of Future Past, it brings fans a taste of what is to come. The video starts off with a statement of mutants appearing ten years ago. Then George asks the question. (more…)
Yeah, you read that right. None other than Captain Kirk himself has signed on to perhaps one of the odder projects he’s been involved with, and in doing so steps into the world of crowd-funded entertainment. Along with genre favourites Morena Baccarin, Ray Wise and Bill Moseley, Malevolent is currently seeking funding for post-production with a release planned for later this year. (more…)