Appearing on HBO's Real Time,
out actor George Takei strongly suggested that Star Trek
co-star William Shatner was oblivious to his sexuality.
Takei, who is best known for his role
as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, told host Bill Maher that he
didn't get along with Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk, and
“Canadians have a certain image of
being even-tempered and friendly and all that,” Takei said. “Well,
[Shatner] is a person who is that way with himself. He is very
When Maher said that he wouldn't “drive
the ship into a death star just to spite him,” Takei joked that the
temptation was there.
Takei added that the entire cast knew
he was gay with the exception of one member.
“It went right over his head,”
“You showed up with Liberace. Bill
Shatner was clueless,” Maher joked. (The video is embedded on this
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