John Cho arrives at the premier of "Star Trek Beyond" in Sydney, Australia, July 7, 2016.
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Veteran "Star Trek" actor George Takei may have been the inspiration to make fan favorite character Hikaru Sulu gay in the franchise's new film, but he called the decision "really unfortunate," media outlets reported.Sulu, Takei said, was conceived as a heterosexual character.Actor John Cho, who plays Sulu, the helmsman of the starship USS Enterprise in "Star Trek Beyond," told Australia's Herald Sun this week that his character is married to a man and is a father to a daughter with his partner.Cho told the newspaper that the decision to make Sulu gay was to pay homage to Takei, a longtime advocate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
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