George Takei keeps me awake at night

I’ve had a headache for most of the day and so I should really be sleeping now so I can get up in time for the F1 qualifying session at 6am, but instead I am writing a blog post about George Takei.

The reason for my annoyance is actually his annoyance. He has posted on Twitter a couple of times since I started following him about how the new Akira movie is not including any Japanese actors in the lead roles, despite the original Akira movie being Japanese.

My knee-jerk reaction was to agree with his disdain, but then I thought about it for a few seconds and completely changed my mind. Different countries remake movies or TV shows in their own languages with their own casts all the time. Did George Takei complain that the fairly recent Italian Job film featured very few English actors and was mostly set in L.A.? Is he complaining about the upcoming Bollywood remake of the same film not containing English or American actors? No. Of course not.

It makes complete sense to cast people who are from the country in which the movie is being produced. Stop feeling so targeted, it’s nothing personal.