To Be Takei is a hilarious and moving look at legendary actor/activist and pop culture icon George Takei, who has conquered new frontiers, from outer space to Capitol Hill, with his humor, intelligence and trademark grin. Oh, my!
“George Takei is a national treasure, and this loving documentary does him right.” – The Stranger
In this acclaimed new documentary, Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life. As a child forced into Japanese American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows. Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continued to challenge the status quo well into the twenty-first century. Now at 76, nine years after formally coming out of the closet, Takei and his husband, Brad, have become the poster couple for marriage equality, highlighting homophobia through television interviews and hilarious skits, many of which have gone viral and garnered widespread attention. Whether dishing on William Shatner or parodying the now-infamous comments made by Tim Hardaway, Takei proves time and again why his presence in popular culture remains as fresh and necessary as ever. Featuring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Howard Stern and Dan Savage. (Directed by Jennifer Kroot, 2014, USA, 94 mins., Not Rated)