- “Shang-Chi” star Simu Liu responded to Quentin Tarantino’s criticism of Marvel movies.
- The actor said that while he respects Tarantino and Martin Scorsese, old Hollywood was no different.
- Liu noted that Marvel isn’t perfect, but said the studio is diversifying its products.
After Martin Scorsese made some harsh statements about superhero movies, there has been a lot of discussion about Marvel Studios and its place in cinema in the last few years.
The director of “Taxi Driver” and “The Departed” criticized the genre in 2019, telling Empire magazine that superhero movies “aren’t movies” and comparing them to theme park rides.
Although the conversation was recently dropped, director Quentin Tarantino reignited the fire this week, saying the studio isn’t making movie stars like it used to. He explained that characters like Captain America (Chris Evans) or Thor (Chris Hemsworth) really engage the audience.
But “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu spoke about the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” director’s comment. TwitterHe hinted that he wouldn’t be able to star in a hugely successful film if people like Tarantino and Scorsese were in charge.
Liu tweeted Tuesday: “If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have been able to direct a $400 million plus movie.”
The actor went on to say that he’s still “in awe” of what the two directors have accomplished over the years, but they shouldn’t dismiss actors from Marvel movies.
He added: “I admire their filmmaking. They are transcendent authors. But they can’t turn their noses at me or anyone else.”
—Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) November 22, 2022
The “Shang-Chi” star also noted that no Hollywood studio is perfect, but Marvel is diversifying its output. The recent releases of Shang-Chi and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever are just two examples.
Liu continued, “No movie studio is perfect and never will be. But I’m proud to work with someone who is constantly striving to improve diversity on screen by creating heroes who empower and inspire people of all communities everywhere.”
Finally, the Chinese-Canadian actor stated that Hollywood’s “Golden Age” was great but not very diverse, meaning that someone like him would never succeed as an actor.
Liu added: “I loved ‘Golden Age’ too.. but it was white as hell.”