Simu Liu, the star of the upcoming Marvel movie Shang-Chi, took a harsh swipe at a movie casting call specifically looking for Asian actors with “no monolid.”
The Chinese-born actor from Canada has had a number of negative encounters on the internet since landing a major Marvel role in Shang-Chi. However, Liu isn’t afraid to call out or defend himself, especially against racist behaviors.
In a post on Twitter, the actor shared a casting notice for a production looking for Korean or Chinese actors. The call sheet underscored the physical requirements. It indicated that those who want to audition must have “almond-shaped [eyes], not too down turned, no monolid.” They must also have a “clean, white and pinky” skin tone.
“I’ve never heard Asians described as ‘pinky’ in my entire life,” Liu said in the comments.
Dear Paladino Casting,
A Proudly-Monolidded Asian pic.twitter.com/x0ifCM2ptq
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) October 10, 2020
Liu’s post drew reactions from those in the business, including non-Asian creatives. Fellow Asian actor Leonard Wu posted that the casting people must apologize to the Asian American community for the insulting casting call.
Feeling the pressure to star in an MCU movie
According to Comic Book, Liu remained in Australia after the suspension of the filming of Shang-Chi due to COVID-19. The actor said that he’s feeling the pressure of leading an Asian-based film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). He knows it’s a big responsibility to represent the Asian community in big studio production.
The spotlight is definitely turning bright for Liu and it’s drawing both negative and positive reactions. Fans on Reddit said that there’s a Facebook thread trolling the actor for trying to be relevant. He didn’t let the criticisms affect him and instead took the opportunity to promote his Marvel film.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings details
Marvel has been developing Shang-Chi for nearly two decades. Former CEO Stan Lee wanted Brandon Lee in the role as the inspiration for the comic book character was his father, Bruce Lee.
When development finally happened, Marvel signed David Callaham to write the screenplay and cast Liu as the lead. The film also picked Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung as The Mandarin with Destin Daniel Cretton as the director.
According to Variety, Michelle Yeoh, Ronny Cheng and Awkwafina are also in this movie but Marvel hasn’t disclosed their roles.
Shang-Chi had an original release date for February 2021. Marvel shifted its release schedule twice and will now be in theaters on July 2021. This is the 25th movie in the MCU and will form part of Phase 4.
Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)