Saturday | April 18, 2015
New Star Trek Movie Almost As Popular As George Takei
George waits for fans to arrive at his First Annual Takeipalooza

HOLLYWOOD (CAP) - Star Trek: Into Darkness, the second Trek movie in the series of reboots directed by J.J. Abrams, ruled the box office over the weekend, drawing almost as huge an audience as one of George Takei's Facebook memes involving Capt. Jean-Luc Picard or a cat.

"Really, we couldn't be any happier," said Peter Franklin of Paramount Pictures of the opening weekend gross. "About the only way we could have done better is if we had made a meme involving Darth Vader or Willy Wonka or gay marriage, and George Takei had shared it."

Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series, now spends most of his time sharing memes on Facebook that are in turn liked and shared by his over 100 million followers, usually within minutes.

"These people apparently have nothing better to do than wait around for my memes," noted Takei. "As Spock might say, it's fascinating."

Takei, a longtime star of stage and screen also noted for his political activism and decades of humanitarian contributions, is now most known for sharing things on Facebook that some stranger came up with, probably while high.

"However, you have to admit that Grumpy Cat is pretty funny," said Takei, noting that the Grumpy Cat has far more Facebook followers than the funniest thing in the new Star Trek movies, Simon Pegg as Scotty.

"In my day, Simon's peg was referring to something completely different," said Takei, adding, "Oh myyy!"

- CAP News Staff

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