The actor who plays Sulu in the new “Star Trek” movie — who recently revealed that the character is gay — says a “welcome-home kiss” between two male characters was cut from the movie.
John Cho, who plays Sulu in “Star Trek Beyond,” said there was originally supposed to be more affection between Sulu and his male partner, according to the U.K. publication The Guardian. Sulu and his partner have a daughter in the movie.
Cho talked about the edited scene with Vulture, saying: “It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough. Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug [screenwriter Doug Jung, who plays Sulu’s husband] is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We’re two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.”
The Guardian adds: “Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the script, insists that the representation of the gay couple is well-handled and might be explored further in future films.”
The movie officially hits theaters tomorrow, with previews in many venues tonight.