‘Shang-Chi’ Star Simu Liu Doesn’t Have Time for Internet Trolls – He Has a Movie to Promote
A big part of being a celebrity is knowing how to deal with trolls. Stars have to deal with haters on the internet daily from how they look to how they dress and act. While sometimes, the celebrities might get into a heated exchange with some of their internet trolls, others show that they don’t have time for any of it.
Shang Chi star Simu Liu is one of the many celebrities who have proven that they can deal with keyboard bullies and put them in their place. Liu was recently cast in the leading role in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, and seeing how busy the Chinese actor is, it is no surprise that he has no time to engage with online trolls.
Who is Simu Liu?
Simu Liu was born on April 19, 1989, in Harbin. When he was five, Liu’s family immigrated to Canada, and he was raised in Ontario. Liu attended high school at the University of Toronto Schools.
Liu later attended the University of Western Ontario for two years and studied finance and accounting for another two years in the Ivey Business School.
Liu worked as an accountant at Deloitte for a few years before being laid off. Afterward, he decided to pursue other career options and thus decided to become an actor. Liu’s first credited acting gig was as an extra on Pacific Rim.
He also had a few stunts on Nikita and Beauty and the Beast. In 2015, he became a stunt double in the Heroes Reborn team. His most notable works include his portrayal of ex-CIA analyst Rodney Faraon in the film franchise Taken and Kim’s Convenience, where he plays Jung.
When Liu is not gracing screens everywhere, he is writing shows. He wrote an episode on the film Blood and Water for its second season. He also wrote an article on Maclean’s magazine, where he detailed the struggles of growing up in an immigrant family.
Liu was cast as the lead in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Asian superhero movies Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. When the movie executives announced that they were developing the film in 2018, Liu put up a Twitter petition to get a role in the movie. At the time, he had his eyes on the roles of either Namor or Sunfire.
Everything we know about ‘Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’?
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been in development for close to two decades. When Marvel CEO Stan Lee thought up Shang Chi, he immediately thought of casting Brandon Lee for the titular role. The character of Shang Chi was modeled after Brandon’s father, Bruce Lee.
The MCU has witnessed unmatched successes over the years, and the latest films in its catalog have catapulted its success even further. Films such as Black Panther have shown increased diversity within the Marvel Universe, and Shang Chi hasn’t been left behind.
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is written by David Callaham and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. The film is packed with incredible Asian stars such as Simu Liu as the protagonist Shang Chi, and Tony Leung as the antagonist, The Mandarin.
Although the movie’s details as of now are still scanty, considering the film paused on productions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCU has hinted that the film is going to be a hit.
It is worth noting that the Ten Rings organization has been referenced severally in many films in the Marvel Universe, especially in the Iron Man franchise.
Simu Liu has been trolled since he landed the role
Simu Liu is no stranger to cyberbullying. He has spoken of his encounters with people calling him ugly or accusing him of trying to remain relevant. According to fans on Reddit, in one Facebook thread, Liu asked if anyone else played StarCraft, and a troll replied, saying that the actor needed to stop trying to remain relevant.
Liu took the comment in good stride and noted that he doesn’t have to try and that fans should wait for May 7, 2021. From what we know, that is the scheduled date for the release of the Shang Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings, which the 31-year-old actor is set to star.