John Cho was delighted when he realized that Sulu was going to be a character who was active and not afraid to get into a fight when necessary.
As reported by TrekMovie.com, Cho was both nervous and excited about his version of Sulu. “I was thrilled he was out of his chair and getting into the mix,” said Cho. “If I had one complaint about the old show, as an Asian-American, I wanted to see Sulu get involved a little more and kick some booty. And this is it, this is happening. I can’t believe I am fulfilling my own personal dream and having Sulu shaking it.”A challenge for Cho was training for the fight scenes. “I have never done action before so it was a completely different way of working for me, where I led with my body,” he said. “Strangely, that stunt work we did a couple of months prior informed everything else. I was surprised by that. That the way my body changed as a result of doing all that training, kind of made me a different person. I was like ‘I like this, I am going with this.’ It was a little like an Academy experience for us. It informed how I sat in the chair, how I attacked every line. It was surprisingly useful.”
Although Cho enjoyed the physical aspect of the character, what would he like to see Sulu do as a character if there is a sequel? “It was great to see Sulu do an external thing,