On the eve of his Australian tour, Star Trek legend and LGBTI hero, George Takei talked exclusively to DNA.
The actor talked about his favourite shirtless scene from Star Trek, what sort of underwear his character Mr Sulu may have worn, Australian marriage equality, Donald Trump and becoming an LGBTI activist on social media.
Now aged 80, Takei went boldly into the world of social media where he has garnered 2.7 million followers on Twitter and been described as the funniest man on Facebook. DNA asked if he was surprised at the social media response to him. “I’m from Star Trek in the 23rd Century,” he quipped. “If I can handle the complexities of driving the Starship Enterprise, dealing with ancient 21st Century communications technology is a piece of cake. And the response of the social media world was delicious.”
Of his millions of followers George says, “I love my fans and the fans love me back. We have a galactic love affair going.”
The George Takei Phenomenon plays in Melbourne and Sydney in November. Dedicated fans can enjoy a more intimate George experience at a cocktail party in Sydney on November 18. For a 10% discount on tickets to see George click here.
For the full interview see the current issue of DNA.