George Takei is best known as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. Thisdocumentary does hook on this role but does not linger for too long.The in-depth view of this extraordinary Asian-American. George survivedthe Asian internment camps during WWII in Arkansas. A chapter not oftenspoken about in our American history, this was tough. George fought theHollywood stereotype of Asians on film and TV. He also has served as arole model as a gay man who came out late in life. Along with his lifelong partner Brad, this movie masterfully showcases a full life. Abrilliant on screen look behind this well known pop culture icon. Afascinating look into one man's extraordinary life.
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To Be Takei (2014)
A look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist George Takei, whose wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting.
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From outer space to Capitol Hill, from the silver screen to YouTube, the legendary George Takei has blazed his own trail while conquering new frontiers with a beaming trademark grin. Oh, my! To Be Takei is a look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist George Takei. His wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7-million Facebook fans and counting. The film offers unprecedented access to the daily life of George and his husband/business partner Brad and chronicles George's fascinating personal journey from Japanese American internment camp to his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on "Star Trek," and his rise as an pop culture icon.
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George Takei (pronounced as in "toupee," as George points out) is bestknown in North American culture as Lt. Hikaru Sulu on the original"Star Trek" television series from the 1960s and the numerous laterfilms. This documentary traces his life from his childhood years spentin a Japanese-American internment camp during WWII, through hisstruggles as a Japanese-American actor trying to get work, hissignature role as Sulu, subsequent work in politics and with the LosAngeles transit company, and finally into his activism as a gay manfighting for marriage equality. Throughout the film, he comes across asoptimistic, humble and friendly. It is clear that he depends on hislong-term partner and now husband Brad, and that their relationship iscentral to both their lives, but he also talks candidly about beingcloseted for many decades, primarily so that he could continue to work.He regrets having taken stereotypical Japanese roles in a couple ofJerry Lewis films, but he is also proud of the fact that hischaracterization of Sulu encouraged younger Asian actors to keep tryingto find acting work (many current Asian actors point to George as beingtheir first role model in television and film).
The only sour note in the film comes from William Shatner, Captain Kirkhimself, who insists several times that he and George had no personalrelationship and even that Kirk and Sulu had no personal relationshipin the TV show and films; and of course he claims to have received noinvitation to George and Brad's wedding, which is not true. The biggestsurprise to me was Howard Stern, a radio shock-jock who generally seemslike just a super-annoying person but who talks with, and about, Georgewith obvious affection.
As a document showcasing what Hollywood was like for non-white actorsbetween the 1950s and modern times, there could have been a bit moreinformation. But as a document describing the life, career and personalarc of an individual who has lived an interesting life in interestingtimes, this is stellar.
It must be more than okay to be Tokei, it must be fantastic! WatchingGeorge and his husband, Brad, interact with each other and with theircrowds of fans was a great way to hide from an oppressively hot Augustafternoon. Their honest affection for each other and tender regard foreach other's friends and family evoked collective sighs and chucklesfrom a small but appreciative cinema audience.
We see George recount memories of his childhood internment, and thenlater watch him perform in the new theatrical musical, "Allegiance,"bringing those memories to life as he and his collaborators prepare fora Broadway preview later this year. His unmistakable voice, hisinimitable laugh, and charismatic presence are beautifully balanced byBrad's more practical and less animated personality.
"To Be Takei" is a must see for Trekkies and others who appreciate thecontributions of my favorite starship helmsman. Cameos from LeonardNimoy, Nichelle Nichols, and Walter Koenig prove that William Shatneris creepier than a Clingon. And, amazingly enough, I was able to watchHoward Stern without breaking-out in a brain rash. I positively enjoyedthis documentary and look forward to sharing it with others once itbecomes available through my subscription service.