Photo: Patrick Eulalia
Simu Liu, Chinese-Canadian actor hired to live Shang-Chi in the film adaptation to be developed by Marvel Studios, was recently criticized for his appearance. In a video released by the Asian Boss channel, Chinese say the star is “too ugly” to be the protagonist of the film.
On his Facebook, Liu replies:
“On a serious note, I think this is a time of great learning. I have had people questioning me all my life. Many teachers thought I would never get anywhere, many producers, directors, writers AND supporting actors questioned my ability to act, and I was rejected by countless conservatories, grants, programs etc. I was judged at every possible step in my career.
The reason I am still standing is because I am singularly focused, I have the strongest belief in my abilities and I refuse to let the opinions of others define me. In your careers, in your lives, no matter where you go, you will always find voices of doubt. Some will come from people frighteningly close to you. Will you let those voices be yours?
This is not to say that you cannot have bad days and that you should not use your support systems and talk about how you feel like I am doing right now. I’ve never been called ugly so many times in my life! For me, it was never about trying to shut up – it’s a fruitless effort (especially if people are making YouTube videos about it, laughs). Instead, it is about learning to let the voices exist and be right with them. I’m still doing my job and I’m still happy to have this incredible opportunity.
I’m not going to let a few voices of doubt ruin that for me, and neither should you, whatever you’re looking for in your life.
(I also seriously question the integrity of the channel that puts this, LOL)
Meanwhile, the star known as Kim’s Convenience will make his Marvel debut on February 21, 2021 with the movie Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which will also feature Tony Leung and Awkwafina in the lead roles.
Read more about Shang-Chi at Cinema10.