Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu opens up about being ready to stop talking about his viral casting tweet to Marvel. Before he would become the latest Avenger for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Liu was better known for his work on Canadian television with shows including Blood and Water and the hit sitcom Kim’s Convenience. He would later rise to viral stardom for a tweet sent out to Marvel in 2014 celebrating their work on the introductions of Captain America and Thor and asking them for an Asian superhero, later tweeting to them again in 2018 asking to discuss Shang-Chi, ultimately being cast in the role the following year.
The new MCU film introduces the world to Xu Shang-Chi, son of Wenwu and heir to the throne of the clandestine Ten Rings organization. However, after attempting to start a new life in hiding in San Francisco, Shang-Chi finds himself drawn back into his father’s world alongside his best friend Katy and is forced to confront the demons of his past. Alongside Liu, the cast for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings includes Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Michelle Yeoh and Ben Kingsley.
On the heels of the film’s record-breaking debut, BBC Radio‘s Ali Plumb took to Twitter to share a snippet of his interview with Liu for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The video sees Plumb break down the history of Liu’s tweets for those unfamiliar followed by he and Liu humorously asking that the actor no longer be asked about the tweets. Check out the funny video below:
Liu has previously clarified that the tweets sent out were more jokes than actual callouts to Marvel Studios and joking that he hoped he was cast in the role for his acting ability more than the posts. Though it has certainly made for a funny bit of backstory for fans and interviewers to discuss with Liu, it’s understandable that at this point in the film’s life cycle he would be ready to move on from discussing the tweets, although it is nice to see him willing to continue looking at it through a humorous lens rather than one of annoyance. With the film now out in theaters and Liu earning praise for his performance, he has certainly proven a worthy performer for Shang-Chi’s cinematic debut.
With Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings now officially in theaters and breaking numerous box office records, Liu will certainly have a lot to discuss aside from the viral tweets. The story leaves a number of doors open for his titular hero to return alongside his sister Xialing and best friend/potential love interest Katy in the future, for both solo films and appearances in other MCU projects. While fans await word of the future for the character, they can revisit his groundbreaking debut in theaters now.
Source: Ali Plumb/Twitter