John Cho, Sulu in the new Star Trek, has been given the thumbs up by the original Sulu, George Takei. In an interview conducted at San Francisco’s WonderCon yesterday, Cho told SCIFI WIRE that, like his fellow cast members he was doing his best to “pay homage” to his predecessor and felt that he had “big shoes to fill,” but a lunch with Takei set his mind at ease.
Cho on Takei Lunch:
I wrote him a letter, and we met, and he gave me what amounted to a blessing, and in his typically classy way, … I told him I was nervous, and he said, ‘Relax. Pretty soon people are going to refer to me as the guy who played the old version of John Cho.’
Cho seems to be having fun, telling SCIFI WIRE what the first time putting on the uniform felt like:
I can’t tell you how cool it feels to put on the outfit, look at yourself in the mirror, and go ‘Holy s–t.’ And then take yourself and your outfit over to the bridge of the Enterprise. But you’re looking around, and you’re on the bridge of the Enterprise. It’s really crazy.
Read the rest of Cho’s interview at SCIFI WIRE.
UPDATE: More from Cho’s panel
Comic Book Resources reports on the WonderCon panel discussion for “Harold and Kumar Go to Guantanamo Bay,” where there was also a bit about Trek:
Cho was also asked about his role as Sulu in the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” movie, filling the role as younger version of George Takei’s character. He said Abrams is taking a new direction in hopes of drawing a new audience to the franchise, but which he thinks will satisfy long-standing Star Trek fans.
He said that when he was a child, he’d admired Takei’s work as one of the few Asian actors playing non-stereotypical roles
John Cho at WonderCon (WireImage: Al Ortega)