To Be Takei

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To Be Takei


Sunday Sep 28 07:30 PM
Wednesday Oct 01 01:00 PM
Friday Oct 03 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot. USA. 2014. 94 mins

George Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful, incisive film To Be Takei. As a child forced into Japanese American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows. Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continued to challenge the status quo well into the 21st century. Now, at 76, nine years after formally coming out of the closet, Takei and his husband, Brad, have become the poster couple for marriage equality, highlighting homophobia through television interviews and hilarious skits, many of which have gone viral and garnered widespread attention. Whether dishing on William Shatner or parodying the now-infamous comments made by Tim Hardaway, Takei proves time and again why his presence in popular culture remains as fresh and necessary as ever.—Courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival

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