The mutual animosity between Takei and William Shatner is hilariously documented throughout the movie including a dispute about whether or not Shatner was invited to George and Brad's wedding. Although Shatner originally claimed that he wasn't invited, in the movie he seems to imply that he didn't want to go because he "didn't know Takei that well, to which Takei retorted that after 3 years of TV and multiple movies together, how much more do you need to know someone. Takei lambasted Shatner at a celebrity roast and later, gleefully revealed that he meant every word.
Allegiance that is based on this dark period in American history.
Any time you need to say the word “gay,” you can simply say “Takei.”
In a telling exchange, Walter Koenig (Chekhov in the original Star Trek and George's best man at his wedding) indicated that he thought their celebrity heydays were over. George responded "Maybe for you, but not for me" and this has certainly been true. Now in his 77th year, Takei is busier and more ubiquitous than ever, to the chagrin of Brad who thought they would be relaxing and enjoying their golden years by now.
George's deep voice, easy laugh, big personality, eloquent manner of speech and eternal optimism in face of adversity dominate the movie. But it is Brad, the shy, unassuming, unintentionally funny yet bossy lover, husband, best friend and business manager of George Takei who steals the show. Brad's look of horror in reaction to Takei's candid revelations to Howard Stern about their sex life and his constant harping on George's missed lines in his Allegiance debut were just a few of the laugh-out-loud moments of this delightful film.
I Am Big Bird was a pleasant movie but it had very little dramatic arc since there wasn't really any adversity to overcome either in Spinney's personal or professional life. The most exciting incident revealed was that Big Bird and therefore Spinney was originally scheduled to go up in the Space Shuttle Challenger but the plans were scrubbed because the costume was too big to fit in the shuttle. There was also a sequence describing how a murdered woman's body was discovered on the Spinney property and it turns out she was killed by one of their handymen. This seemed like a forced attempt for drama that didn't quite fit into the flow of the movie.
The double entendre of "Fake Case" can be taken literally since the charges of tax evasion were actually against Fake Ltd., the company owned by Ai's wife. As it happens, he also lives at 258 Fake St. But "fake case" is also is a clear accusation against the Chinese government for creating trumped-up, baseless charges in an attempt to marginalize and silence Ai's political fight for democracy and human rights. The pornography charges stem from provocative works of art like the photo called "1 Tiger 8 Breasts" which features Ai and four women all in the nude. Ai challenges the concept that nudity equates to pornography and it is noted that none of the participants have any physical contact with each other. Supporters soon started tweeting nude photos of themselves in solidarity and his artist friend created another nude protest photo that featured himself and numerous unclothed women with cutouts of Ai Weiwei covering their private parts.
Ai takes pleasure in provoking the police and the secret service agents that follow him. In one scene, he secretly sends cameras to videotape footage of surveillance agents that are watching him and steals the ashtray containing their cigarette butts. This ashtray was sent to a gallery as another piece of political "art".
Ai Weiwei says that "A life that is silenced is not a life... it is death". And so he continues to speak out, provoke and agitate in the name of promoting democracy and justice in China, at the risk of his own freedom and safety.