Actor Chris Pine, who is best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in JJ Abrams' Star Trek film franchise reboot, disagrees with George Takei on the decision to make Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, gay in Star Trek Beyond.

Takei, who came out gay in a 2005 interview and played Sulu in the original television series and films prior to the franchise's reboot, told media outlets that he had discouraged screenwriter Simon Pegg, who also plays Scotty in the new films, and director Justin Lin from the idea.

“I'm delighted that there's a gay character,” Takei said. “Unfortunately, it's a twisting of [Gene Roddenberry's] creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it's very unfortunate.”

Pine, 36, said that while he can understand Takei's creative differences on the issue, he agrees with the decision.

“Amen, man. It's about fucking time,” Pine told The Hollywood Reporter. “The fact that there's still a conversation about it means that there's still room to go in terms of it being normalized.”

“My only rebuttal to George Takei – no matter what kind of creative differences he had about Sulu being gay, and I can understand his creative differences – is the fact that our job is to make people feel less alone.”

“If there’s one kid in Middle America who feels any amount of self-loathing because he feels different, or is being bullied because he feels different or looks different or sounds different, if our film can give him solace and make him or her feel less alone, then abso-effin-loutely we should do it all the time, every day of the week,” he added.

CBS' upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery will also include a gay character.