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Crew of Enterprise, Aside from Kirk, to Helm Dr. Sulu's Wedding

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Star Trek actor George Takei gave People some of the details on his upcoming marriage to 21-year partner Brad Altman: "...they've already settled on a few things that reflect their eclectic taste as well as their respective backgrounds. Scottish bagpipes will play during the ceremony and a Mexican-American Buddhist minister will officiate. They've ordered matching Native American turquoise and silver rings. And the wedding dinner will feature fusion Japanese-Mexican cuisine."

Takei_altman_2Added Takei: "We knew that the (California State) Supreme Court was going to be coming down with their ruling. (We'd heard) that it was probably going to be positive. So I was planning on asking Brad to get married. We were at home in the kitchen and we had the TV going, and when the word came down suddenly Brad got on his knees in front of me. And I said, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'George, will you marry me?' I said 'Yes. You beat me to it. I meant to ask you.'"

The wedding party will be populated with fellow Star Trek actors: The best man is my colleague from Star Trek, Walter Koenig, who played Chekov, and the matron of honor is (Lt.) Uhura, Nichelle Nichols. And Leonard (Nimoy) and his wife Susan are on the (guest) list."

Captain Kirk has apparently been left off the guest list: "'We have only 200 seats,' Altman told AP radio this week. 'Our contact list has, like, 3,500 names, so we have to whittle it down and I don't know if William Shatner is going to make the cut.' The couple diplomatically recounted 'Sulu's' longtime beefs with Shatner. 'He's a wonderful actor. No one could have created the character Capt. Kirk the way he brought his singular metabolism to the character,' said Takei. Then he added, 'Kirk and Shatner both have this grand ego of sense of self. He sits there in the center of the set and he revels [in] it.' Takei said he was continually miffed with Shatner for pressuring directors to do close-ups of Capt. Kirk, even when the dialogue focused on other characters. 'One or two times, you know, is fine,' said Takei. 'But when it happens almost regularly, it gets to be a little irritating.' Shatner and his manager did not return messages seeking comment yesterday."

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  1. Sulu always did want to sit in "the big chair" a little too much.

    Look, I'm happy for George, but he's fucked. The voters will let us down. Not going to argue about this. Just mark my words.

    Posted by: Yeek | Jun 4, 2008 8:30:45 AM

  2. His "singular metabolism." What a way with words!

    Posted by: sam | Jun 4, 2008 9:55:46 AM

  3. I met Shatner once and he was a nightmare! A real asshole!

    Posted by: Eric | Jun 4, 2008 10:09:36 AM

  4. I wonder if Howard Stern and Robin Quivers will be there also. That would be nice.

    Posted by: paul | Jun 4, 2008 10:41:22 AM

  5. This wedding will be an off-the-chart fabulous freak show.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jun 4, 2008 10:49:15 AM

  6. Will they all where their costumes/uniforms?

    I should think plans must wait for the next ruling from the court on staying marriages until after the election.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 4, 2008 12:55:43 PM

  7. This is all starting to sound like a publicity stunt rather than a wedding...

    Posted by: David B. | Jun 4, 2008 1:00:12 PM

  8. "DR. Sulu"?????? C'mon...

    Posted by: virgoboy | Jun 4, 2008 1:23:59 PM

  9. when did MR. Sulu become a doctor? or does the DR stand for Dick Revelator? I too like to revel in dicks, what a freaky coincidence!
    By the way, I was at a game launch party for the stupid Hollywood version of Monopoly and George was there, he came over to me and said "you are a very handsome young man" (I thanked him) and that was the night that Sulu came on to me, I am a total Star Trek nerd and LOVED it, he's a very nice man. Congrats George!

    Posted by: john | Jun 4, 2008 2:06:07 PM

  10. what about Howard Stern and his crew?? They made him relevant again! Aren't they invited?

    Posted by: mj | Jun 4, 2008 9:59:40 PM

  11. Happy that he can get married. They deserve it. Best wishes for them.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Jun 4, 2008 10:45:47 PM

  12. I met George Takei a while ago. He is a very energetic and charming man, who seems genuinely interested in his fans.

    Congratulations to him and his partner on their marriage.

    But, this focus on the feuding with Shatner is so old. Having said that, the dislike of Shatner among his former colleagues is pretty universal, so there must be something in it.

    Last time I looked, people were able to invite who they liked to their wedding!

    Posted by: Roger | Jun 5, 2008 3:01:07 AM


    Posted by: dw314 | Jun 5, 2008 3:08:45 AM

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