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Best of Q: How George Takei learned to live long and prosper

Terry O;Reilly talks to George Takei of Star Trek fame about the documentary "To Be Takei."

George Takei, best known for his role as Sulu on the original Star Trek, joins guest host Terry O'Reilly to discuss his starring role in the new documentary To Be Takei

Takei is also a lateblooming activist for gay marriage rights and an internet hero with a far-reaching social media presence. The film is about his life as an actor, his often-cheeky advocacy, and the struggles that made him the man he is today.

"I grew up behind very real barbed-wire fences, and then the invisible barbed-wire fences of getting cast in Hollywood as an Asian-American -- and then I put up my own barbed-wire fence being closeted because I wanted to protect my acting career," he tells Terry. 

"When I talked to the press and came out, that was so liberating. I feel completely and wholly, totally myself. And that's a good feeling."

Watch the trailer for To Be Takei, as well as the actor's favourite scene of all time, in the windows embedded below.


 

In the documentary, Takei shares his favourite Star Trek moment, which you can see a glimpse of in the window embedded above. In a scene he calls "Naked Time," he got to run around with a bout of "space madness".

 

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