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The Documentary ‘To Be Takei’ is an Entertaining Ride

George Takei
George Takei

Article by Dorri Olds

To Be Takei” (pronounced tah-kay) is a documentary about the fascinating life of George Takei. Now 77, Takei is a Facebook sensation, aka Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek,” and well-known LGBT activist who’s been with his partner for three decades. What you may not know is that he spent four years of his childhood in a Japanese-American internment camp.

Director-writer Jennifer Kroot takes you on a journey into the life of this extraordinary man. George Takei, talks about his very private husband Brad Takei. He dishes about “Star Trek” co-stars William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and Howard Stern. The movie is filled with entertaining clips from Takei’s early acting days and his love for husband Brad to painful trips through a dark childhood and his role as an activist for gay rights.

The most fun is seeing the crazy rivalry and animosity between Takei and Shatner. It’s hilarious.

Through it all is Takei’s distinctive baritone, “Oh myyy.”

“To Be Takei” opened in theaters Aug. 22. It is available on all VOD platforms including iTunes and Amazon.

Watch the trailer

Dorri Olds is a journalist at Honeysuckle Magazine, TheBlot Magazine, The Jewish Daily Forward and has been published in The New York Times.


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