Actor LeVar Burton tells the story of how he was cast as “Geordi La Forge” on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also shares what the original series meant to him when he was growing up, and how the series’ vision of a diverse future is the reason it resonates with so many fans, and with Burton himself:
“There’s a principle in 'Star Trek' called ‘IDIC’: Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination. And in Gene [Roddenberry’s] vision there was an inherent respect for all of the diversity that exists as life throughout the cosmos. That’s a world I want to live in.“
Watch LeVar Burton’s full interview, which spans his career from being cast on Roots to Reading Rainbow, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and more.