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Star Trek’s original Sulu George Takei has never been shy about his ambitions for Sulu over the years. In a new interview, Takei talks about some of the lost opportunities with Sulu, how he turned down a role in Generations and how he fully supports a campaign to get him onto SNL.
George on his no to Generations and yes to SNL
Takei on "lost opportunities" with Sulu
I suggested Sulu having a family that he connects with. I suggested a lot of ideas to develop Sulu that never really happened. It was only after I turned down a role in Star Trek 7 (Generations) that they gave all my lines to a relative that I had lobbied for, my daughter. When the series ended and the films began I was lobbying for parents, brothers, sisters, lovers, maybe a wife, all of that, but none of it ever happened. I wanted to see Sulu more dimension-ed, but that’s not news, I’m sure.
Jacqueline Kim as Demora Sulu in "Star Trek: Generations" – the daughter Takei lobbied for Sulu
Takei on being the "next Betty White" and fan campaign get him onto Saturday Night Live:
Very interested. I’m supportive of the campaign. These things just mushroom up. I have nothing to do with it. The fans took the initiative on it and I hope something comes of it, actually. I think it’d be a hoot.
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