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Star Trek IV backstory erased because of a child

Star Trek IV backstory erased because of a child
Star Trek IV backstory erased because of a child

What happens next would have made the scene one of the most moving in Star Trek IV, as Sulu tells a curious Bones that the child was a distant relative. “That, Doctor, was my great-great-grandfather,” Sulu says in the script. So what went wrong?

According to Star Trek IV actors George Takei and William Shatner, in their respective memoirs, the child simply did not want to perform when it was his time.

Both men blamed the child’s skill level (he was not a professional actor) and an overbearing mother on set for making the boy nervous. Neither seemed to harbor any animosity toward the child and remembered the day fondly.