Zachary Quinto

It was re­cently re­vealed that the En­ter­prise’s helms­man Hikaru Sulu – played in this time­line by John Cho – would be gay. The de­ci­sion, cre­ated as a homage to ac­tor Ge­orge Takei, who played Sulu in the 60s, was met with con­cerns from many — in­clud­ing Take

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Mr Spock Zachary Quinto

“The LGBT com­mu­nity has long ad­vo­cated for an openly gay char­ac­ter in the Star Trek fran­chise world, and so I felt like it was great to be a part of that por­trayal in such an un­der­stated and taste­ful, mean­ing­ful way. And the re­sponse that was gen­er­ated, es­pe­cially among young peo­ple, has been re­ally exciting to wit­ness and I feel proud to be a part of the ver­sion of Trek where it was able to be ex­plored and in­te­grated. I think it’s a real step for­ward in a main­stream sum­mer block­buster we all feel that way, we all feel ex­cited that we could be a part of it.”

Cap­tain Kirk Chris Pine

“Fifty years on, with Si­mon and Doug, what the writ­ers was ex­plore the idea of fed­er­a­tion and unity — the idea of fam­ily. Is it bet­ter to be part of a fam­ily and work to­gether? Or is it bet­ter to not, es­sen­tially? And, I think in a time with so much hy­per-right wing na­tion­al­ism, xeno­pho­bia, racism, sex­ism and ho­mo­pho­bia, that to present a uni­verse where, yes, the fam­ily loves one an­other, the Trek crew loves one an­other de­spite race, creed, sex­u­al­ity, we work to­gether well and we are a fam­ily.”

Dr Mc­Coy Karl Ur­ban

“You know, it was re­ally won­der­ful to see a whole gen­er­a­tion of young men and women elated to see that they were rep­re­sented and it made me feel very proud to be a part of it, and I think that it’s very in­line with what Rod­den­berry [cre­ator of the orig­i­nal Star Trek TV se­ries] was try­ing to achieve.”

Mr Sulu John Cho

“My con­cern was that, not so much the fact of it [Sulu’s sex­u­al­ity], but more how it would be han­dled. But I’ve got to say, the most pleas­ing thing about it in the movie pos­ture is to­wards that rev­e­la­tion. And that’s as im­por­tant to me, if not more, than the fact of his sex­u­al­ity. That it’s very mat­ter of fact, it pre­sumes that he was never in the closet, it pre­sumes that it’s in pub­lic. We live in the fu­ture where it isn’t an is­sue. It sort of goes against the bomb­shell rev­e­la­tion.”

Watch our video in­ter­views with Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Karl Ur­ban and John Cho at gay­times.co.uk. Star Trek Be­yond is out in UK cin­e­mas now, @startrek, startrek.com

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