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George Takei slams 'self-centred' Shatner

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Jul 20, 2014 | 12:13pm EDT

Star Trek icon George Takei has fuelled with his feud with former co-star William Shatner by revealing he was the only member of the sci-fi TV show's cast who didn't realise he was gay. Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu on the show, has been at odds with Shatner for years and in a new TV appearance on comedian Bill Maher's political show Real Time, he took aim at the actor for being too self-centred to realise Takei was a homosexual. He says, "My colleagues did know but they were cool about it because they knew that if I made a public statement about it or made it very obvious, then my career would be destroyed. But it just went right over his (Shatner) head. He was the only one that didn't know. "At the end of the week we (would) have our wrap parties and they (cast and crew) bring their wives and husbands and boyfriends or girlfriends, and I quite regularly brought 'a buddy'." Takei further slams Shatner, admitting it was often difficult working with him. He adds, "Canadians have a certain image of being even-tempered and friendly and all that. Well, he is a person who is that way with himself. He is very self-centred. "We work together and we're professionals, so we get the work done, but it's with a lot of difficulty."

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