John Cho has built quite a career for himself, from his breakout role in Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle to his latest turns on television with Sleepy Hollow and Selfie. But during a Reddit AMA the other day a lot of the questions were about his stepping onto the bridge of the new Enterprise as Mr. Sulu. Fans wanted to know about the experience making the latest Star Trek films and what is in store for the third movie.
Q: How is JJ Abrams as a director?
Cho: The best. The most skilled. The most knowledgeable. The most enthusiastic. That's probably his best quality, is his curiosity and enthusiasm. And it's very, very infectious. Everyone I think wants to replicate his creative energy and so it makes for an amazing workplace.
Q: Were you given any tips from George Takei prior to making first Star Trek?
Cho: You know, he was just very encouraging with me, because I was very very nervous, and he had put in a good word to JJ on my behalf. And I didn't know that. And it meant the world to me that he approved of my casting. When we had lunch together, I asked him to lunch after I got the role and before we started shooting, and he also – one thing he reminded me of was sort of the Gene Roddenberry's vision for a peaceful world, and what his goals were via the show, and it was good to be reminded of that from George.
Q: Do you know anything about STAR TREK 3. And What do you think of Bob Orci directing?
Cho: I'm absolutely confident in Bob. No one knows these characters better than Bob. And no one knows the Star Trek universe better than Bob. I think he's going to blow people away.
And I don't know anything about Star Trek 3. I'm guessing I'm in it? I just went in for a costume fitting.
Q: What is it like to be involved in the Star Trek franchise?
Cho: It's… I would say first and foremost it's a real pleasure to be working with JJ and that particular cast, and everybody involved in that production is pretty much at the top, they are among the best at what they do, so it's a pleasure that way, but further, it's an honor to be a part of one of the best things American pop culture has ever created.
It's positive, it's hopeful, and it's a real great vision of what the world can be at peace. It's an honor to be a part of this American cultural masterpiece.
Q: Does Simon Pegg bring cornettos to the Star Trek set?
Cho: No, but I'll request them. Primarily Simon Pegg brings good vibes.
Q: If you were given the chance to work with Marvel or DC in a film role would you and what part would you want to be up for?
Cho: I want a shot at playing Batman! Ben Affleck's doing it next right? After Ben retires, I call next. A serious Asian tech billionaire maybe? Who moonlights as a caped crusader? I'll buy it!