'Shang-Chi’s' Simu Liu Explains Why He Downplayed His Martial Arts Talents During His Marvel Audition

  • 7 months ago
"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" tapped into various forms of martial arts for its epic battle sequences, and leading man Simu Liu got to show off his skills throughout the film. Of course, like many MCU stars, Liu had to audition for the title role, and given that it was action-heavy, you would expect the actor to go all out to impress Marvel, especially after Liu's reaction to joining the MCU. But it was quite the opposite for the "Shang-Chi" star, as he explained why downplayed his martial arts talents during his Marvel audition.

The MCU star revealed the secret while speaking with Kevin Hart on his Peacock talk show "Hart to Heart." Hart asked Simu Liu if the story of him not knowing martial arts before taking on the Marvel role was true. In a vulnerable moment, Liu decided to be honest about his background in combat practice. The actor spilled how he downplayed his martial arts background to combat Hollywood stereotypes about Asian performers.