And as any fan of the show, or 60s pop culture enthusiast, has heard it was Bob Denver that was apparently the most miffed about it. He went to the studio asking them to change the theme to include them. When the studio said it would cost too much to re-record it he reminded them that his contract allowed him to be billed anywhere and they could either change the theme or bill him after everyone else.
Very generous of Denver...unlike his GI
co-star Tina Louise, who was pissed with Sherwood Schwartz, because she thought the show was supposed to focus on the Ginger character. What an out of control ego. Did she bother to look at the series title on scripts or production office doors?
Back on to the ST ego topic... I also think Takei's ego has inflated his sense of the character's importance and his own.
It makes no sense--even after the fan love he recieved post ST
production years; the convention/media circuit reflected the pecking order--when people thought of ST
, Takei's mug was not the first to pop into fan minds.
When rumors swirled about the return of ST
as TV series or movie, Shatner and Nimoy were the top concern/hope for interested parties, not Takei or his Sulu character.