Star Trek’s new Sulu John Cho participated in a Reddit AMA this afternoon, and during the talk he spoke a bit about Star Trek, including giving an update on how he has already done his first pre-production task for the upcoming movie. See below for the highlights.
John Cho Talks Star Trek At Reddit AMA
Today Star Trek’s new Sulu participated in a "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. As per usual question topic varied greatly, but there were a few about Star Trek. Here are the Trek highlights (unedited).
Feklhr: Do you know anything about STAR TREK 3. And What do you think of Bob Orci directing?
OfficialJohnCho: I’m absolutely confident in Bob. No one knows these characters better than Bob. And no one knows the Star Trek universe better than Bob. I think he’s going to blow people away. And I don’t know anything about Star Trek 3.
I’m guessing I’m in it? I just went in for a costume fitting
operation_hennessey: What is it like to be involved in the Star Trek franchise?
OfficialJohnCho: It’s… I would say first and foremost it’s a real pleasure to be working with JJ and that particular cast, and everybody involved in that production is pretty much at the top, they are among the best at what they do, so it’s a pleasure that way, but further, it’s an honor to be a part of one of the best things American pop culture has ever created.
It’s positive, it’s hopeful, and it’s a real great vision of what the world can be at peace. It’s an honor to be a part of this American cultural masterpiece.
WBASTH: Does Simon Pegg bring cornettos to the Star Trek set?
OfficialJohnCho: No, but I’ll request them. Primarily Simon Pegg brings good vibes.
Velorium_Camper 2: What’s the coolest thing you’ve collected while on the set of a movie/tv show?
OfficialJohnCho: I don’t have a phaser. I tried and they socked it out of my hand.
I like to collect blueprints and then frame them. Those are my souvenirs. Blueprints of the set.
shivan21: Do you think you can say "oh, my" convincingly enough?
OfficialJohnCho: I can…
No, I can’t say it convincingly enough. Only one man can.
I find George to be fascinating. First of all, I know George and have been familiar with him for all my life. I also find it amazing that he has moved past being an actor and has become an American cultural icon. It’s pretty crazy. But people who’ve never seen Star Trek know who George Takei is, and if you say "Oh, my" you know it’s the dude from Star Trek.
seismicor Hi. Were you given any tips from George Takei prior to making first Star Trek?
OfficialJohnCho: You know, he was just very encouraging with me, because I was very very nervous, and he had put in a good word to JJ on my behalf. And I didn’t know that. And it meant the world to me that he approved of my casting. When we had lunch together, I asked him to lunch after I got the role and before we started shooting, and he also – one thing he reminded me of was sort of the Gene Roddenberry’s vision for a peaceful world, and what his goals were via the show, and it was good to be reminded of that from George.
Were you a trekkie as a child? Did you have a model of Enterprise above your childbed?
OfficialJohnCho: I had the Millennium Falcon. I really loved what they were doing, what they were saying with Star Trek, and as an Asian kid in America, was always so excited to see Takei was on the bridge. It was unfailingly thrilling. When they came out with ST: TNG with Patrick Stewart, I thought that show was cool and dug what it was trying to do
Of your Star Trek castmates, what has been your favourite project that each has worked on?
OfficialJohnCho: Chris Pine in Bottle Shock (because of his wig)
Zoe Saldana – How about the Avatar? I like watching Zoe in as many dimensions as possible.
Zachary Quinto – I saw him in a play, Angels in America, and he was ASTOUNDING. And it changed – every once in a while you see somebody, and you ask yourself "what are you doing with your life?" That was one of those moments.
Benedict – I was a BIG fan of Sherlock, and I’m not sure that I’ve met anyone who handles work better than Benedict. He just is amongst 100 things that he does well, one of them is he completely masters sentences. I think of him often, and Sherlock is a great example of that.
And Simon? Oh man. Simon… on the subject of taking things from friends: Simon’s greatest thing, what I love about Simon, is his exuberance and soul is really visible. It’s always visible. You can’t help but – it’s like you have an X-ray machine that can see joy. And his is always visible.
Go to Reddit.com to see the full AMA.