Most people know George Takei as Lt. Sulu, “Star Trek’s” even-tempered helmsman. But before and after the iconic series and subsequent films, the actor’s been at the center of seminal moments of American politics.
“To Be Takei,” a documentary opening Friday, looks at his celebrity, his childhood experience in U.S. internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II, and his prominent role as a gay-rights activist since coming out in 2005.
n 2012, he married longtime partner Brad Altman, who legally changed his name to Brad Takei. The film shows them as a married couple wading through “Trek” conventions and quibbling over Brad’s weight.
“George and I have been in a same-sex relationship for 27 years,” Brad tells the News. “After you see how normal and wonderful we are, do you really want to discriminate against same-sex couples?”