For Shang-sake Chi’s and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ sake, Simu Liu admits he “exaggerated” his martial arts and experience.
In Simu Liu there is Simu. The Ten Rings of Power:
The Legend of Shang-Chi Karate is one of many martial arts.
It wasn’t until 2021’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starring Simu Liu made him a household name that he developed his fighting prowess. When asked about his “exaggerated” martial arts skills to land the role in Marvel Studios’ smash hit film, Liu recently admitted that he had done so.
The action sequences in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings:
A Marvel Studios production, have been hailed as some of the most thrilling in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Shang-Chi stunt team trained the actors to perform these action sequences, but Liu has only now admitted that his martial arts experience was limited when he auditioned for the lead role in this film.
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During an interview with West Side Story star Ariana DeBose as part of Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, the 32-year-old actor said, “They asked me about my martial-arts background and experience, which of course I exaggerated because I wanted the job really badly.” While Liu has worked as a stuntman in the past, he describes himself as more of a dancer than a martial artist, according to the actor. The actor didn’t want to miss out on the chance to be the first Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so as soon as he was cast, he began working with trainers to improve his flexibility for the action scenes.
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Comic book character Shang-Chi, known to fans as “Master of Kung Fu,” is drawn into the mysterious Ten Rings organisation, which is led by his estranged father, and he’s forced to confront the past that he thought he had left behind. An all-star cast headlined by Liu and Affleck includes: Tony Leung, Meng’er Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, and Florian Munteanu. Destin Daniel Cretton directed Shang-Chi.
To date, Shang-Chi has become the highest grossing Labor Day weekend opening of all time, taking in $94.67 million when it opened in 2021. The film’s worldwide box office earnings were $432 million. It also received praise for its action sequences, which featured traditional martial-arts stunt work in many instances, a welcome change for a series known to heavily rely on computer-generated imagery.
However, despite Liu misleading the filmmakers into believing he had more martial arts experience than he actually did, he and the stunt team pulled off some impressive action sequences, including Shang-Chi and the iconic bus fight scene in Legend of the Ten Rings. Due to a multi-year deal between Marvel Studios, Hulu’s Onyx Collective, and Cretton, who will return to the director’s chair for the upcoming Shang-Chi sequel, the choice to cast Liu has also proven successful.
Disney Plus now has Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.