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Simu Liu Admits He ‘ExaggeratedHis Martial-Arts Skills to Land Shang-Chi: ‘I Wanted the Job

Simu Liu Admits He 'Exaggerated' His Martial-Arts Skills to Land Shang-Chi: 'I Wanted the Job'

Simu Liu wasn’t quite up to scratch with his fighting skills before being cast in Shang-Chi e la Leggenda dei Dieci Anelli.

Nell'ambito di Varietà Attori su attori serie, the 32-year-old Marvel star chatted with Storia del lato ovest'S Ariana De Bose about how heexaggeratedthe skill that his titular character was trained in his entire life.

When I got the part, they asked me about my martial-arts background and experience, which of course I exaggerated because I wanted the job really badly,” said Liu.

While hehad done some work as an on-again, off-again stuntman,” the actor admitted, “If we’re honest, I think I was more of a dancer than I ever was a martial artist.

But he made up for it, come “Pretty much from the moment I was cast, I started working with trainers and learning how to move.

I had such awful flexibility [prima],” Liu said. “My groin and my tendons were just so stiff. A big part of that early process was just bending my body and trying to rip those legs apart.

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Simu Liu in Shang-Chi e la Leggenda dei Dieci Anelli (2021)
| Credito: Jasin Boland/© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/© Marvel Studios/Courtesy Everett Collection

Liu also touched on working with Tony Leung (whom he callsthe GOAT”) e Michelle Yeoh, who play Shang-Chi’s father and aunt, rispettivamente, in the superhero film.

According to Liu, Leung, 59, and Yeoh, 59, sono “very different people, ma” both possessan aura of warmth and friendliness.

Tony is famously shy, and very, very soft spoken. You would never know his stature and his fame just by looking at him, because he is just such a well-mannered individual. And then the camera rolls, and then you see the intensity in his eyes, e tu sei tipo, ‘Holy crap. I’m literally watching mastery unfold,’ ” ha condiviso.

Tony is such a master of the art of stillness, of these tiny changes, that it almost doesn’t even feel like he’s doing anything,” Liu continued. “But then you look at the monitor and you’re like, ‘Holy, this guy is breaking my heart.’ “

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One thing that surprised Liu about Leung is how ofof an adrenaline junkiehe is: “Tony Leung loves snowboarding, loves water sports, slalom skiing, wakeboarding. He just loves it. And I kind of love that.

As for Yeoh, lei “surprised” Liu “with how goofy she is.

She plays these bad asses that don’t take crap from anyone, they’re very serious. But then you meet her, and — first of all, she’s every bit as badass in real life. But she’s also kind of a goofball,” Egli ha detto. “We’ll be rolling camera, and then she’ll just be like [waves hands at the camera] — she’ll just make a funny face, or she’ll be like, ‘Boop, boop, boop, boop.’ “

It was her wonderful way of telling me to relax and just settle in and be every bit as free flowing and as goofy and just normal and natural as she was,” Liu added.