This Saturday, 75-year-old George Takei will boldly go where no man has gone before — by playing both a dead-ninja-turned-hologram and his own evil twin on the second season of Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas.
Sure, the dual parts might sound a little ludicrous to anyone over the age of 13. But if there’s one person who can make them work, it’s Takei. After all, the man has already won the hearts of geeks everywhere as Star Trek‘s original Mr. Sulu, conquered social media with his incredibly popular Twitter and Facebook pages, lent his life story to a new musical about Japanese American internment during World War II — hopefully coming to Broadway next season — and cemented his status as Howard Stern’s favorite guest. At this point, tackling both “Hologramps” and his wicked brother should be a piece of cake.
But don’t take our word for it — Takei is more than happy to speak for himself.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s talk about Supah Ninjas.
GEORGE TAKEI: Well, it’s a “supah” show, and I’m having a great time working on it. As you know, it’s about my grandson and his two cohorts. I selected my grandson to be a ninja. However, I’ve died recently. This is the 21st century, so there are many ways we can come back from the dead — particularly on television, and particularly on Nickelodeon, and particularly when you have a background in sci-fi, as I do. And so I come back as a hologram, and I give them guidance and wisdom and training.
At the end of last season, we learned that your character’s twin brother is leading a rival gang of ninjas.
Right. I may have died and become a hologram, but there is a twin who is alive, and eeeevil. And guess who plays him? None other than yours truly!
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