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George Takei

George Takei is a renowned actor who portrays Nobuhiro Yamato, known as Yamato-san on The Terror: Infamy.[1] Takei is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek television series and films. He also has a wide variety of work as both an actor and voice actor in numerous films, television series, and video games since the mid-1950s.[2]

Takei also serves as a consultant for The Terror: Infamy, with the experiences of his real-life childhood in which his family was forced into a Japanese internment camp serving as a backdrop for the series.[3] Takei was initially hired only as a consultant by Alexander Woo, who soon decided to create a role for him on the series.[4] Woo called Takei's help on the series "invaluable" in regards to the re-creation of the Japanese internment camps, noting that during shooting for a mess hall scene, Takei commented on some dishes that "weren't chipped enough," resulting in the crew chipping a number of dishes to make the scene appear completely authentic.[5] Takei was initially skeptical upon being contacted regarding the series, but was won over by both the attention to detail from showrunner Alexander Woo and the show's layering of Japanese kaidan elements.[6] Woo described him as the "spiritual leader" of the production.[7]

The series was released not long after the release of Takei's graphic novel regarding the Japanese interment, They Called Us the Enemy.[8]

Takei's involvement was sought from the start of the series, due to the nature of the story being told. Showrunner Alexander Woo felt it very logical to approach Takei and considered it lucky that he was very receptive to the idea, and was already familiar with the concept of using a style to tell a story, rather than doing a point by point history.[9]

Takei is also the narrator of True Terror With George Takei, a series of shorts released on YouTube by AMC focused on real-life terrors.

Selected filmography[]

  • Hawaii Five-0 - Uncle Choi
  • Kubo and the Two Strings - Hosato
  • Archer - Mr. Moto
  • Heroes - Kaito Nakamura
  • General Hospital - Mr. Diem
  • Star Trek - Hikaru Sulu

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