"That torturous period, after the interview, until the phone call from the agent comes, you are made to go through this excruciating process. But the phone call came and I was cast. I was Sulu."
About This Interview
George Takei was interviewed for nearly three hours in Los Angeles, CA. Takei talked about his earliest years, defined by his placement in Japanese internment camps following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He talked about his entrance into acting, which included guest appearances on such television series as Playhouse 90 and The Twilight Zone . He then spoke in great detail about the role for which he is most associated, "Mr. Sulu" on the original Star Trek . He described his casting on the series, working with his co-stars, and notable episodes. He also talked about the worldwide endurance of the series and described his appearances at Star Trek conventions. He talked about other television guest appearances he has made through the years, including one on Third Rock From the Sun . B-roll consisted of several photos from Star Trek, and individual photos from The Twilight Zone, Kissinger and Nixon (telefilm), Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country (feature film), and Star Trek: Voyager. The interview was conducted by Melody Chen on October 27, 2004.