"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
In his nearly three-hour Archive interview, George Takei talks about his earliest years, defined by his placement in Japanese internment camps following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He speaks of his entrance into acting, which included guest appearances on the anthology series Playhouse 90 and The Twilight Zone. He then details the role for which he is most associated, that of "Mr. Sulu" on the original Star Trek. He describes getting cast on the series, recalls working with his co-stars, and talks of notable episodes. He also comments on the worldwide endurance of the series and describes his appearances at Star Trek conventions. He mentions other television guest appearances he has made through the years, including one on Third Rock From the Sun. B-roll consists 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. Melody Chen conducted the interview on October 27, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA.