Oh my: George Takei’s documentary is online today

George Takei

George Takei at the 2014 AARP “Movies for Grownups” Awards. (photo by Shutterstock)

All-around awesome person George Takei has parodied The Bachelor, been fired on Celebrity Apprentice, and was part of a King of the Nerds challenge.

Now he’s the star of a documentary about his present and past, from Japanese-American interned in the U.S. during World War II with his family to Star Trek star to universally beloved celebrity. The documentary was directed by Jennifer M. Kroot and says it offers “a hilarious, entertaining, and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor/activist George Takei” and includes “unprecedented access to the daily life of George and his husband/business partner Brad.”

To Be Takei is in some theatres today, but is simultaneously being released on demand and is available online for rent or purchase on Amazon and iTunes.

Because he’s so awesome, Takei didn’t ask for any kind of editorial control over the final product. Takei didn’t even know Kroot when she first approached him about following his life, and he told the Asbury Park Press that he and Brad “vetted her” and found that her films “were quite impressive,” and ultimately, he says:

“We actually gave her carte blanche. We trusted her to the point where we said, ‘We don’t want to have final cut approval. We trust you. This is not going to be a vanity project.’ So many actors, when they have documentaries done, it’s essentially to show them off the best that they can. And, of course we wanted that, too, but we wanted a whole complete picture of us as she saw it.”

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