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2012-11-19 08:59:58 AM
He makes being a nerd awesome? How does that work?
 
2012-11-19 09:06:17 AM

Bonzo_1116: He's awesome as the old grandpa in his new musical, too.

I got all sad when they gonged away ojiisan in his veggie garden in the internment camo.


So how is the musical overall?
 
2012-11-19 09:10:53 AM

Snapper Carr: [img850.imageshack.us image 520x220]

I would watch this


I would also watch the shiat out of this.
 
2012-11-19 09:32:38 AM

UsikFark: quatchi: I usually don't like these kind of things but this one was well done.

Not sure what the Thoreal ad had to do with George but I appreciated it's addition.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x335] 

/Obligatory in all GT threads.
//Hot as well, of course.

George looks better than that lone square of set dressing glued to the wall.


You know, that stuck out to me as well. Sometimes its easy to forget how really terrible some aspects of TOS were.
 
2012-11-19 09:34:32 AM
George singing in the new Old Navy commercial

OhMy
 
2012-11-19 09:57:43 AM
Met him once when he was leaving a bookstore for a signing. He was walking down a narrow aisle towards me and I said "Hey George." He stopped and shook my hand and gave me the biggest smile.
 
2012-11-19 10:18:42 AM

RockofAges: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]

Picked it up for $2 at SPCA yard sale. One of the best autobio's I ever read. Only 40% of it is on Trek. A great deal of it discusses his earlier life, particularly within the Japanese Internment camps. Throughout, his intelligence is obvious -- although, yes, he CAN get a bit catty about the acting career. That's part of the game, though. Nowhere near as bad as The Shat, who doesn't get a very good shake in this book.


When I was much younger, I was a pretty diehard Trekkie (until I found better sci-fi); I read ALL of the autobios of the actors associated with the show. Shatner was slammed by Nichols, Nimoy, Doohan, and Takei. It pretty much confirms that he was a total dick during the original series.

/The Shatner bio basically said the same thing
 
2012-11-19 10:26:41 AM

BullBearMS: [dl.dropbox.com image 355x500]


Stealing this.
 
2012-11-19 10:28:03 AM
There is only one reason and its called the Sulu Dance
 
2012-11-19 10:47:27 AM
I didn't know about his awesome happy dance. I am now happy and will be doing that, oh, daily

/heart you GT
 
2012-11-19 11:01:29 AM

JosephFinn: Bonzo_1116: He's awesome as the old grandpa in his new musical, too.

I got all sad when they gonged away ojiisan in his veggie garden in the internment camo.

So how is the musical overall?


Pretty good, I enjoyed it quite a bit. When they opened it here in San Diego, they had a small museum with exhibits about Local Japanese folks who got interned in Arizona. Very very interesting. And sad.
 
2012-11-19 11:13:52 AM
Mandatory retelling of the family story of when my parents had their Takei encounter:

It was just after the shooting for Voyage Home had wrapped up and the cast was doing the convention circuit to help promote it. They were at... I can't recall the name of the convention, but a rinky dink thing down in Atlanta. Anyway, four of the original cast were there (Nicholes, Takei, Kroening, and Kelly) signing autographs at a place across the street from the con. My parents (this was 85-86, so I was about 5 at the time and obviously didn't get to go) were dressed as TOS redshirts for the con and wanted to get autographs, but the line was stretched around the block a couple times over. So, being the evil people they were, they found an unlocked back door and tried to sneak in. They were promptly caught, but thinking fast on their feet they said they were security from the convention for the autograph session. The security at the place bought it and stationed them on either side of the table.

Day went on, and Nichols was getting upset with Takei because he wouldn't stop taking 10 minutes talking to every damned person that came down the line and he was slowing everything down. So, she leaned over to my mother and said "Will you go tell George to shut the hell up?"

My mother, being a diehard trekkie immediately though "I can't tell George Takei to shut up!" so she walks down the table, taps him on the shoulder and says "Miss Nicholes would like to request that you spend a little less time talking to the guests, please." That sounded nice and PC until George turned around and laughed "No she didn't. She told me to shut the hell up, didn't she?"
 
905
2012-11-19 11:21:50 AM
Out of the ST alums I've had the chance to meet, Takei and Wil were by far the funniest and nicest folks. Also thought Mark Lenard was pretty classy, though one would think he was all business based on his characters in Star Trek, Buck Rogers, etc.
 
2012-11-19 11:31:01 AM

Gyrfalcon: Podmore: He came to my work to talk about diversity once, He was a really good speaker with an amazing life story. I found myself really liking him.

He does have one of the most interesting lives ever. Almost nobody on the planet is ever going to top him.

So to speak.


No, but his hubby bottoms him....
 
2012-11-19 11:31:41 AM
I got the honor of waiting on Mr. Takei back in my serving days. He is an absolutely friendly and delightful man.
/Oh my
//Dry oatmeal.
 
2012-11-19 11:53:35 AM
Seriously, anyone who has a problem with George Takei needs to chill the f out.
 
2012-11-19 12:24:31 PM
I predict that most people whose first reaction to George Takei is dislike are disliked more intensely by others. Seriously, what's not to like? The Gay? Doesn't affect me because I'm not gay or hateful.
The insightful, funny, thought-provoking posts? If you don't like ANY of them, don't follow them.
Some are just silly- he likes to have fun. Some people don't like fun. fark the joyless bastards.
 
2012-11-19 12:51:23 PM
#12 Because I contacted him on Twitter to ask for an autographed pic to auction off for our local Toys For Tots fundraiser and within five minutes he replied with the email address for his staff. I emailed him the details about how the auction would function (Checks or money orders made out to my Marine Corps League post only, no cash or paypal) and in 24 hours had an affirmative answer. Just waiting on the picture.
 
2012-11-19 01:02:48 PM
 
2012-11-19 01:04:10 PM
Never been a huge Trek fan (though Wrath of Khan is among my favorite movies of all time), but Takei seems like a legit class act.
 
2012-11-19 01:25:41 PM
Can you just imagine if Desilu had put Bruce Lee in as Sulu and Takai in as the Kato?
You'd have fewer dead red shirts.
 
2012-11-19 01:37:13 PM
12) His farkin' voice.

Am I the only one that thinks he has a redonkulously awesome voice? I'm really surprised he never got any voice work after doing Star Trek. He could easily do villains, a la Vincent Price, or commercials, or what-have-you.
 
2012-11-19 01:44:53 PM
I will always love him for his Big Bang Theory appearence.

/"I read"
 
2012-11-19 01:48:56 PM

Zombalupagus: 12) His farkin' voice.

Am I the only one that thinks he has a redonkulously awesome voice? I'm really surprised he never got any voice work after doing Star Trek. He could easily do villains, a la Vincent Price, or commercials, or what-have-you.


He's done a HUGE amount of voice work, check out his IMDB...
 
2012-11-19 02:40:08 PM

whizbangthedirtfarmer:
/The Shatner bio basically said the same thing


Although to his credit the man has seemingly mellowed quite substantially. So I think these days he can have a tick in the 'good guy' box.

I'm not saying he wasn't an asshole just that he doesn't seem to be now.
 
2012-11-19 02:42:09 PM

tgambitg: Zombalupagus: 12) His farkin' voice.

Am I the only one that thinks he has a redonkulously awesome voice? I'm really surprised he never got any voice work after doing Star Trek. He could easily do villains, a la Vincent Price, or commercials, or what-have-you.

He's done a HUGE amount of voice work, check out his IMDB...


Same as Mark Hammil, stupid amounts of VA work but a lot of people think he did Skywalker (or Sulu in Takei's case) and that was it for him.

/He'll always be my childhood Joker.
 
2012-11-19 02:52:42 PM
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2012-11-19 02:57:35 PM
My encounter was with James Doohan, who was even drunker than I was.
 
2012-11-19 03:09:15 PM
One day *shakes tiny fist*
 
2012-11-19 03:29:18 PM
He needs to make the move from Sulu to Solo.
 
2012-11-19 03:32:50 PM

fredbox: My encounter was with James Doohan, who was even drunker than I was.


I almost killed DeForest Kelley once. About 15 years ago a pedestrian walked in front of me against the light in front of the Palliser Hotel in Calgary. As I leaned angrily on the horn at the elderly gentleman, he turned and gave an apologetic wave. I wasn't 100% sure at first, but I really thought it was "Bones" himself. The next morning, he appeared on the local morning TV coffee-fest, and sure enough, he was in town for some sort of conference. I must be cursed, because recently (about a year ago), I almost did the same thing to Rex Murphy (a Canadian news commentator of some note) in front of the Westin hotel in the same city. He didn't wave.
 
2012-11-19 03:35:48 PM

Porous Horace: He needs to make the move from Sulu to Solo.


The only asians in Star Wars work for the Trade federation and talk like Samurai caricatures.
torwars.com
 
2012-11-19 03:59:06 PM
AND he and his family lived in Japanese relocation camps in Arkansas and California near the end of WW II. He developed and is starring in a musical, Allegiance, based on his own experiences of the internment.
 
2012-11-19 04:02:35 PM

wippit: Huck And Molly Ziegler: Wait, wait ... I thought Neil Patrick Harris was the best damned person on the planet ...


Hmmm....

NPH, living with his elderly (sorry George) adoptive gay father, raising an adopted boy who is also gay.
We'll call the show "Gay"

Book it, Fox!


needs a masculine role model....
Change adopded to artificial insiminaiton and you can add a lesbian mother (or 2)
 
2012-11-19 04:13:36 PM
I'm down with everything but the happy dance. It's a little too happy.
 
2012-11-19 04:41:58 PM
George Takei rules!
 
2012-11-19 04:54:48 PM
I saw George Takei at a Star Trek convention in 1978. It was VERY obvious he was gay back then. (He was also really fricken funny!)

My favourite line at Shatner roast was Jeffrey Ross asking George if it made that shooshing sound when he came out of the closet.
 
2012-11-19 05:03:17 PM

BlackArt: My favourite line at Shatner roast was Jeffrey Ross asking George if it made that shooshing sound when he came out of the closet.


Half of Shatner's roast (hell 3/4 of it) is poking fun at Takei because it was right after he came out. He and Betty White rocked the place though and shut down the younger morons with class and hilarity.
 
2012-11-19 05:16:51 PM

TopoGigo: Man, more scripts on that page than a tranny porn site.


How many tranny porn sites are you familar with?
 
2012-11-19 05:40:30 PM

905: Out of the ST alums I've had the chance to meet, Takei and Wil were by far the funniest and nicest folks. Also thought Mark Lenard was pretty classy, though one would think he was all business based on his characters in Star Trek, Buck Rogers, etc.


Mark Leonard enjoyed dealing with the fans, too, though he had a very dry sense of humour that went over the
heads of the some extremely focused:

At one con I saw him at, a very earnest lady in a very good Saavik from WRATH OF KAHN costume gave him a
hand-made sehlat doll as a present (for those of you who aren't Trekkies: a sehlat is a Vulcanian animal that looks
like a bear with sabre teeth that the Vulcans use as pets and Spock had one and just go watch the animated
episode YESTERYEAR ferchrissakes). She had an elaborate history for it and even a Vulcan name, and Mr.
Leonard evidenced disappointment because he wanted to call it "Lance".

As in "Lance Sehlat".

Nevertheless, this wasn't done in a negative or condescending way: it was the simple teasing of someone who
appreciated and reciprocated the outpouring of generousity and affection of a total stranger.

/God bless her, I don't think the lady ever got the joke.
 
2012-11-19 05:40:57 PM

ConConHead: BlackArt: My favourite line at Shatner roast was Jeffrey Ross asking George if it made that shooshing sound when he came out of the closet.

Half of Shatner's roast (hell 3/4 of it) is poking fun at Takei because it was right after he came out. He and Betty White rocked the place though and shut down the younger morons with class and hilarity.


"Oh, and Bill? My name is pronounced "Takei." You know, like 'toupee'."
 
2012-11-19 06:17:27 PM
Balloon-knot.
 
2012-11-19 06:28:42 PM
George is cool in my books.
 
2012-11-19 06:49:11 PM

JosephFinn: "Oh, and Bill? My name is pronounced "Takei." You know, like 'toupee'."


Best line of the night
 
2012-11-19 06:56:01 PM

RockofAges: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]

Picked it up for $2 at SPCA yard sale. One of the best autobio's I ever read. Only 40% of it is on Trek. A great deal of it discusses his earlier life, particularly within the Japanese Internment camps. Throughout, his intelligence is obvious -- although, yes, he CAN get a bit catty about the acting career. That's part of the game, though. Nowhere near as bad as The Shat, who doesn't get a very good shake in this book.


That is a surprisingly good book, and until I read it I honestly did not know he was in the internment camps.

//Just went to Jasper, AB. Did you know the Canadian government not only put the Japanese in camps, they used them as slave labor to develop the parks system, build roads, and bridges.
///Ever go to the Canadian rockies in the winter? Ever want to live in a tent up there and build roads?
 
2012-11-19 07:57:54 PM

Edymnion: Mandatory retelling of the family story of when my parents had their Takei encounter:

It was just after the shooting for Voyage Home had wrapped up and the cast was doing the convention circuit to help promote it. They were at... I can't recall the name of the convention, but a rinky dink thing down in Atlanta. Anyway, four of the original cast were there (Nicholes, Takei, Kroening, and Kelly) signing autographs at a place across the street from the con. My parents (this was 85-86, so I was about 5 at the time and obviously didn't get to go) were dressed as TOS redshirts for the con and wanted to get autographs, but the line was stretched around the block a couple times over. So, being the evil people they were, they found an unlocked back door and tried to sneak in. They were promptly caught, but thinking fast on their feet they said they were security from the convention for the autograph session. The security at the place bought it and stationed them on either side of the table.

Day went on, and Nichols was getting upset with Takei because he wouldn't stop taking 10 minutes talking to every damned person that came down the line and he was slowing everything down. So, she leaned over to my mother and said "Will you go tell George to shut the hell up?"

My mother, being a diehard trekkie immediately though "I can't tell George Takei to shut up!" so she walks down the table, taps him on the shoulder and says "Miss Nicholes would like to request that you spend a little less time talking to the guests, please." That sounded nice and PC until George turned around and laughed "No she didn't. She told me to shut the hell up, didn't she?"


Awesome.
 
2012-11-19 08:02:20 PM
Met him ages ago at various mid-1970s ST cons. He was always very pleasant to people.

I had no idea he was gay until the 1980s because he used to say flirty things to female fans at the Q&A sessions. Years later, a very religious relative is chatting with me and tells me Takei is gay.

Fast forward to the nationwide discussions about gay marriage. This religious relative was totally against gay marriage. I tried to explain that gay people getting married was not a comment on straight people's marriages, it was only fair, and why can't gays be as miserable as the rest of us?

To quote Neil Patrick Harris: "Wait for it."

George marries Brad and my relative turned on a dime on the whole issue. She called me up to tell me Takei got married. This time I already knew about it, but pretended it was a surprise. She vehemently denied being anti-gay marriage in the past. Whatever.

That is the magic of Takei.
 
2012-11-19 08:12:54 PM
JosephFinn: Bonzo_1116: He's awesome as the old grandpa in his new musical, too.
I got all sad when they gonged away ojiisan in his veggie garden in the internment camo.

So how is the musical overall?

Pretty good, I enjoyed it quite a bit. When they opened it here in San Diego, they had a small museum with exhibits about Local Japanese folks who got interned in Arizona. Very very interesting. And sad.


It was fantastic. I laughed, I cried, I went "Oh my god, they went there." Takei had awesome comedic timing, Lea Salonga was brilliant, and the guy who played the young version of Takei's character (Telly Leung?) was equally brilliant. The cast was phenomenal, the music was really good, and they are going to do very well on Broadway.
 
2012-11-19 08:30:11 PM
Wondered how soon his gayness would be mentioned and there it was, #8.

He's rope smoker? WhoTF cares?
 
2012-11-19 09:51:40 PM

Contents Under Pressure: Met him ages ago at various mid-1970s ST cons. He was always very pleasant to people.

I had no idea he was gay until the 1980s because he used to say flirty things to female fans at the Q&A sessions. Years later, a very religious relative is chatting with me and tells me Takei is gay.

Fast forward to the nationwide discussions about gay marriage. This religious relative was totally against gay marriage. I tried to explain that gay people getting married was not a comment on straight people's marriages, it was only fair, and why can't gays be as miserable as the rest of us?

To quote Neil Patrick Harris: "Wait for it."

George marries Brad and my relative turned on a dime on the whole issue. She called me up to tell me Takei got married. This time I already knew about it, but pretended it was a surprise. She vehemently denied being anti-gay marriage in the past. Whatever.

That is the magic of Takei.


That. Is. Great.
 
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