Star Trek’s new Lt. Sulu talks knife fights, battles of the bands and saving the planet.As told to Joe La Puma; Photography by Lauren Dukoff;
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I feel pressure to do the Sulu role justice, because growing up it meant a lot to see George Takei on television. To see him as a helmsman of a spaceship and not throwing kicks or chops or speaking with an accent was very meaningful to me.
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I’ve been very stunned at the different types of people that are Star Trek fans. There have been a lot of favors asked to get things from the set. Stoner fans are less scary because they don’t have their wits about them, and you can protect yourself in a knife fight. They’re not very sober, and you can easily take advantage of that.
For my band [Viva La Union] to be successful, it takes the ability to focus on one task at a time. As far as competing with other celeb-rock bands, Keanu Reeves seems like a strong guy, and he could probably kick my ass. But Jared Leto wears mascara, so we could probably take him.
I use a lot of products that have high oil content on my skin at all times. Lots of musk is the way to go; high-powered musk, to be specific. And spend thousands of dollars at T.J. Maxx.
I went to Home Depot and bought a lot of fluorescent lights. And I started to drink my own urine. I haven’t gotten a hybrid yet because my wife wants a big car for our new baby. But I have stopped using paper bags at the grocery store. Now I just use a cadre of assistants to carry everything.