After gaining popularity and fame for his character as Mr. Sulu in “Star Trek,” George Takei is all set to take up on a political role in his life.
The veteran actor has announced he plans on running for congress in 2018. He also specifically targeted Republican Devin Nunes, head of the House Intelligence Committee, saying he wants to run for Congress to challenge Nunes.
He made the bombshell announcement on Twitter.
“With what is going on now in the country, I couldn’t stand by any longer merely as a citizen. I knew I had to take a bigger stand. So that’s why I’m running for Congress. My hope is to challenge Devin Nunes for his seat in 2018,”said Takei.
He further added, “I think Nunes is vulnerable. And I plan to prove that. People are tired of his a—kissing of Trump. Can I say that? I think I can. These days you can say pretty much anything and not get in trouble.”
However, Takei is not new to political races. He previously ran unsuccessfully for City Council in Los Angeles in 1973 and served on the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District.
As soon as the announcement was made by the actor, Twitter exploded with support.
Celebrities also couldn’t help but share their excitement.
@GeorgeTakei I hope you can count me as one of your early endorsers!! This is great news!— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 1, 2017
@GeorgeTakei Really? Honestly?— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) April 1, 2017
@GeorgeTakei this is amazing!! Next level, real life, super hero amazing ????????????— AzitaGhanizada (@AzitaGhanizada) April 1, 2017
We really hope this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.