- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

While the original Mr. Sulu, George Takei, may disagree, this next generation of “Star Trek” actors is solidly in favor of going where no franchise screenplay has gone before by making the USS Enterprise’s helmsman an openly gay character, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in “Star Trek Beyond” and is openly gay, told the trade magazine Wednesday that it’s “definitely high time for an LGBT character to be included in the Star Trek universe.”

“We’ve been really excited by the response, particularly from young people, who have been inspired and motivated by this turn toward progress,” said Mr. Quinto, who was in London for the movie’s U.K. premiere.

Last week, Mr. Takei told reporters that while he was “delighted” to see an openly gay Star Trek character, “it’s a twisting” of creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision to make Sulu gay rather than come up with an original character who was openly gay all along.

Rod Roddenberry, son of the late creator, also is unsure his father would have gone about making the Sulu character gay.

“I think he would be 100 percent in favor of a gay character” in the movies, Mr. Roddenberry said, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. “I think he would love any sort of social issue being brought into ‘Star Trek.’”

For his part, Chris Pine, the actor who plays Captain James T. Kirk, doesn’t quite get what all the fuss is about.

“I’m a little stunned there’s been so much attention given to [the decision],” he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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