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George Takei's working vacation

Tuesday, 29 Jul, 2014 - 02:30

The actor brings his new documentary ''To Be Takei'' to the Queen Mary 2. Alicia Powell reports.

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Actor George Takei mixes business with pleasure. The actor welcomed guest to a special screening for his documentary "To Be Takei" aboard the Queen Mary 2 before heading off on a 8-day vacation on the ocean liner. The new film, which will give viewers a peek inside his childhood, career, marriage and life as an activist, was directed by Jennifer Kroot. SOUNDBITE: George Takei, actor, saying (English): "We didn't want this to be a vanity project. So we told her we trust you, you're a good documentarian, we did our homework on that. And so you have carte blanche. We will not demand final cut approval." Most people know Takei from his role on "Star Trek," in addition to being a vocal advocate for the LGBT community. However, one thing people will be surprised to learn as a child he and his family were forced to leave their home in California. SOUNDBITE: George Takei, actor, saying (English): "We were summarily rounded up and imprisoned in barb wired prison camps, internment camps they called it -- or actually at that time they called it a relocation center -- simply because we happened to look like the people that bombed Pearl Harbor. We're Americans. My mother was born in Sacramento, California. My father was a San Franciscan. I was born in Los Angeles. We're Americans. And yet they looked at us with suspension and fear and outright hatred. The country was swept up in more hysteria." Filming the doc was easy for the screen star, but it took time for his husband to adjust. SOUNDBITE: George Takei, actor, saying (English): "For my husband Brad, it was first a very uncomfortable experience and it comes off on screen. She's wonderful at capturing his discomfort. And then he started getting very comfortable and ordering the camera crew about. And I think Brad steals the movie, he is a shameless thief." The film will air on Direct TV from July 3 to August 6 and will be available in digital stores on August 22.

George Takei's working vacation

Tuesday, 29 Jul, 2014 - 02:30

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