George Takei squeezed on a Spider-Man costume to creepily audition for the role in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
George Takei has had a great career in show business. He got his big break as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek: The Original Series, following it up with roles in Heroes and countless other productions. At 73, Takei now has Spider-Man in his sights, creating an audition video to appear as the web-slinger in the somewhat cursed broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
Takei’s audition tape is amazing. The man not only looks good in tights, but also demonstrates his incredible state of agility.
As Takei says, he has the “whole package.” In the tape, he takes out a thug and only almost gets a hernia once. Takei then goes on to eliminate both Venom and the Green Goblin with a “thwack” and a “pow,” not to mention one of Star Trek‘s phasers. Cheater.
To be honest, the whole audition tape is pretty creepy (and created to drum up interest in Takei’s upcoming broadway production Allegiance), but it makes you think. Maybe Hollywood shouldn’t be so discriminatory toward older actors when it comes to superheroes. If George Takei were Spider-Man, CGI’ed up to climb on walls and take down thugs, I’d be in the theater on day one. Wouldn’t you?
Thanks for the tip Zer_!