During filming of a movie starring George Takai (Mr. Sulu of Star Trek) called "The Return To The River Kwai" in the Philippines, I was approached by some locals and asked if I could get George to translate some Japanese writing on a map.
Of course I was to shy to ask him, but I found out that the map was supposed to show the location of treasure that was buried by General Yamashita at the end of WW2.
I also noticed that when George had his hair shaved off for the part he played, there were strange markings on his head (even he didn't know they were there) we joked that they must be some kind of Alien implant.
In my book, one of the Japanese characters is based on George's personality. I have also called the "bad guy" ,Tanaka, which was the name of the character George played in the film.
Years ago I watch the very first episode of Star Trek. My father asked, "What is that rubbish you are watching on TV?" A few months later my father was a huge fan.
I first met George and Brad in 1989 during the filming of "The Return from the River Kwai".It was during this time that I got the inspiration for my novel. George was a charming and very polite gentleman. I can remember him lining up with the film crew at the catering tent, even though he could have gone first he didn't want to be treated like a star.
Today, he is still the same. George is an accomplished actor, writer, singer, and has so much talent that it seems unfair that one person can be so gifted.
He has given so much in many ways to the Film Industry.
George loves his fans with a passion and travels all around the world to meet them. When you meet George you feel as if you have know him for years. My book has been very successful, and deep down I feel that he inspired me that day that I met him.
George has congratulated me on the success of the book, he enjoys watching his friends succeed, that is his way.
George is loved by his fans and also by my father.