Out actor Zachary Quinto is disappointed with George Takei's response to the decision to make Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, gay in Star Trek Beyond.

In promoting the upcoming film while in Australia, John Cho, who plays Sulu in the movie franchise rebooted by JJ Abrams in 2009, told the Herald Sun that Sulu is seen in the film raising a daughter with his same-sex partner and that the decision to make the character gay was a nod to Takei, who played the character in the original NBC series and came out gay in 2005.

Takei told The Hollywood Reporter that he had encouraged the cast and crew of the film to “create a character who has a history of being gay, rather than Sulu, who has been straight all this time, suddenly being revealed as being closeted” and called the decision “unfortunate.”

“As a member of the LGBT community myself,” Quinto responded, “I was disappointed by the fact that George was disappointed.”

“I get it. He [Takei] has had his own personal journey and has his own personal relationship with this character but, you know, as we established in the first Star Trek film in 2009, we've created an alternate universe. And my hope is that eventually George can be strengthened by the enormously positive response from especially young people who are heartened by and inspired by this really tasteful and beautiful portrayal of something that I think is gaining acceptance and inclusion in our societies across the world, and should be.”

“Come on, George,” he added.