Simu Liu earned his way to Shang-Chi thanks to his role on a popular Canadian sitcom called Kim’s Convenience. After the show was recently canceled due to producer drama, Liu was famously very vocal online about his frustrations with the situation. At the Jungle Cruise world premiere, Variety checked in with Liu to understand his decision to speak up so boldly.
Simu Liu On Diversity In Hollywood
As seen in the video below, Simu Liu answered:
“I think it’s just this idea that people don’t always get a chance to speak up. Especially for those of us in the industry who feel like we’ve just kind of gotten in, it can be so hard to say what you really feel when there’s so many gatekeepers and so many people who could potentially silence you or affect your future work opportunities, but I just feel like I was in a position where I could have said something that was true and potentially could help the landscape for the better so I took a chance and I’m happy I did.”
Spoken like a true role model! Simu Liu is quickly rising to icon status as both a fictional superhero and as a real-life inspiration. With powerful studios like Marvel investing in representation-heavy projects like Black Panther, Shang-Chi, and Ms. Marvel, headed by outspoken leaders like Simu Liu, we can surely look forward to seeing industry barriers continue to fall.
Shang-Chi Featurette and Synopsis
Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng. “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and produced by Kevin Feige and Jonathan Schwartz, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Charles Newirth serving as executive producers.
Shang-Chi’s journey is told with stunning visuals, the MCU’s signature spectacle and displays of mind-blowing action, along with the talents of a diverse, stellar cast and a relatable story.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is fighting its way into theaters on September 3rd. What did you think of what Simu Liu had to share? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below or over on our social media!