George Takei Documentary to Premiere at Sundance

By Patrick Yacco

Originally published on Advocate.com December 10 2013 2:39 PM ET

The forever enterprising George Takei revealed some exciting news Monday, as the iconic actor turned LGBT rights activist announced on his Facebook page that To Be Takei, a documentary focused on his life, will premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Jennifer Kroot, the film chronicles Takei's childhood in a World War II internment camp, his rise to stardom as Star Trek's Hikaru Sulu, and his more recent turn as an Internet celebrity and champion of human rights.

Takei revealed his long-term relationship with his partner, Brad Altman, in 2005, and this helped catapult him to fame in the digital era. In addition to becoming a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, Takei achieved notoriety with his "Just Say Takei" faux public service announcement challenging a homophobic bill proposed in the Tennessee state legislature.

Since then, Takei has seen his Internet popularity skyrocket, thanks to his dry wit and love of puns. He has more than 5 million followers on Facebook, and his Internet presence encompasses a variety of other outlets, such as Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and even Amazon.com reviews.

In 2012, Takei starred in Allegiance, a musical based on his experiences living in a Japanese-American internment camp in the 1940s. The well-received show premiered at San Diego's Old Globe theater and will head to Broadway in 2014. In addition to his role in Star Trek, Takei has appeared in television shows including the action-adventure drama Heroes and the gay-centric sitcom The New Normal. Takei was also recently featured in an issue of Kevin Keller, the Archie Comics title featuring the exploits of the titular gay character.

Contributor: 
Patrick Yacco