Anyone with an Internet connection and a fanboy or fangirl sensibility probably has a mini-crush on George Takei, the 76-year-old actor and LGBT activist many remember from his days on the original “Star Trek.”
He could have faded into obscurity like many stars of the bygone era of leisure suits and Farrah hair, but his wit, ability to tackle social issues and penchant for cute puppy pics have made him a social media star.
With more than 6.5 million Facebook friends and 1.11 million Twitter followers, it’s pretty safe to say people like what Takei has to say (ooh, that rhymes!) and are interested in his life. They’ll get an even wider peek into his day to day in director Jennifer Kroot’s documentary “To Be Takei,” which premieres at Pacific Art Movement’s Spring Showcase, an Asian film fest happening April 17-24.
The film will focus on Takei, his husband Brad and their work as activists for LGBT rights. The couple welcomed cameras into their lives for three years, which was no problem for Takei. Brad, on the other hand …
“That’s the nature of documentaries,” Takei said from his home in Los Angeles. “I’m an actor. I’m used to cameras being around me. That’s what we agreed to sharing. But for Brad it was a little bit uncomfortable. In some scenes he looks like a deer in the headlights. But Brad came off delightfully. He’s somewhat new to being in front of the camera, and it’s captured. I think it adds to the authenticity.”
Takei said many of his former “Star Trek” colleagues appear in the documentary, including William Shatner. He admits he and Shatner had some beef in the past.