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Simon Pegg: 'There's no spat with George Takei'

Zoe Saldana is happy one of the Star Trek characters has been revealed as a family man.

Simon Pegg has silenced rumours suggesting he has fallen out with Star Trek icon George Takei after turning his character gay in the new movie sequel.

The veteran actor is famed for his portrayal of Hikaru Sulu in the original sci-fi franchise, a role now played onscreen by John Cho.

It was recently revealed Sulu would 'come out' as a homosexual in the new sequel, Star Trek Beyond, a decision made by co-writer and co-star Simon to honour George's real life sexuality - but the 79-year-old has made it known he isn't a big fan of the character development as he is not sure it's what creator Gene Roddenberry would have wanted.

"I'm delighted that there's a gay character," Takei told The Hollywood Reporter. "Unfortunately, it's a twisting of Gene's creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it's really unfortunate."

Simon responded by admitting he must "respectfully disagree" with Takei as he defended his storyline, sparking speculation of a feud between the two stars.

However, Pegg is adamant the rumours couldn't be further from the truth.

"The whole thing with George; people like to make up a spat (fight)," he tells WENN. "George and I e-mail all the time and we've had long lovely discussions about it (Sulu's personal background). We're on great terms. We were never shouting at each other or anything like that.

"It's a great discussion to have so I'm really happy that it's been talked about and responded to. I'm still a huge fan of GT."

And Zoe Saldana, who plays a young Uhura, insists the focus of Sulu's personal life in Star Trek Beyond is more about his family than his sexuality.

"It wasn't just that we revealed he was gay. We revealed that he's a father," she explains. "None of our characters have a family that we've ever talked about (in the movies). I actually am quite puzzled that in 2016 we're having a bit of a 'feh' over who he fathered a baby with; I'm happy he's a dad, you know?"

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