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George Takei dares Hollywood to explore wider galaxy of talent

Star Trek star and internet sweetheart George Takei says Hollywood overstates the security of choosing big stars over talented unknowns.
Star Trek star and internet sweetheart George Takei says Hollywood overstates the security of choosing big stars over talented unknowns. (Ben Shannon/CBC)
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From the frontiers of Star Trek to those of the internetGeorge Takei has made progressive thinking his trademark. The activist and actor — famous for his role as Sulu on Star Trek — doesn't shy away from tough questions and textured debates.

On the heels of the Doctor Strange "whitewashing" controversy, and in the lead up to his visit to Toronto for Pride, Takei joins Shad to discuss a wide range of issues. 

Takei reflects on how his childhood in an internment camp marked him forever, how democracies progress and regress at the same time, and why "horrific things happen" when people's fallibility overrides their goodness. 

WEB EXTRA | Plus, as mentioned on air, here's a glimpse of Takei's Broadway play Allegiance. The musical was inspired by his Japanese family's internment in American camps during World War II. 

 

 

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