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The action heroine who takes no prisoners: Zoe Saldana

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She is emerging as the go-to star for big budget action blockbusters, knocking human and alien heads together in Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek. But 38-year-old US actress Zoe Saldana isn’t averse to giving her real-life adversaries a kicking either, with Star Trek grandee George Takei and English James Bond novelist Anthony Horowitz the latest in her firing line.Takei-in the headlines last week for criticising the upcoming Star Trek Beyond for giving his old character Hikaru Sulu a gay back story-ought to get out more, according to Saldana.“I think that he’s still too personally attached to this character that he created and I think that he needs to find that line between his personal life and this character,” she told AFP ahead of the movie’s July 22 US release.Openly-gay Takei took to Facebook on Wednesday to say that while he was ‘delighted’ with the idea of LGBT characters in Star Trek, he didn’t think writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung should ‘tinker with an existing character.’Pegg, along with current Sulu actor John Cho and other cast members have defended the decision, but have been less forthright in their responses to Takei’s criticisms than Saldana, who suggested she found them insulting.

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