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Creator / Simu Liu

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"You know... I never saw myself as the hero of my own story growing up. I struggled to find any Asian characters onscreen, and there were fewer still that made me feel truly proud of my heritage."

Simu Liu (born April 19, 1989 in Harbin, China) is a Chinese-born Canadian actor, stuntman, writer, and filmmaker.

Liu is best known for his role as Jung Kim in the CBC sitcom Kim's Convenience, based on the play of the same name by Ins Choi, and Paul Xie in the drama Blood and Water, for which he received much acclaim. He previously often worked as a stunt performer and played bit roles in Canadian television.

In July 2019, Liu was announced to portray the Marvel Comics character Shang Chi in the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, becoming the first Asian lead of an MCU film entry.

Selected filmography:

Tropes related to his career:

  • Creator Backlash: His brief stint as a stock photo model haunts him, as they are still being used to this day and according to him he doesn't get any royalties from them. Not that it stops him from using them for shits and giggles, though.
  • Joke and Receive: He was actually being mostly playful when tweeting out to Marvel about playing Shang-Chi. Imagine Simu's surprise when Kevin Feige took him up on the offer and called him up.