Netizens Say Shang-Chi Star Simu Liu Looks Like A Younger Version Of Chinese President Xi Jinping
Someone even Photoshopped President Xi’s head on Simu’s body in the movie poster.
In case you missed it, the official teaser trailer for Marvel’s highly anticipated superhero flick Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was released last Monday (Apr 19), and it unsurprisingly generated a ton of buzz on the interwebs.
While most folks were full of praise for how handsome and cool Hongkong screen legend Tony Leung looks in his Hollywood debut as the villainous Wenwu (certainly an improvement from what was said about his action figure illustration), some, um, less flattering things were said about Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu, who plays the titular Shang-Chi.
Users on online forum PTT, which we guess we can say is kinda like the HardwareZone of Taiwan, have been particularly cruel and creative.
Besides questioning the decision to cast Simu when there are supposedly so many other more handsome martial arts stars out there (ouch), some pointed out that the 32-year-old resembles a younger version of — believe it or not — Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Those with the relevant skills even Photoshopped President Xi’s head onto Simu’s body in the Shang-Chi poster, while others dug out an old photo of a younger President Xi to compare side-by-side with pics of Simu (see below).
Comments include: “Did they deliberately pick Xi Jinping as the lead actor in Shang-Chi?”, “[Simu] looks like a higher version of Xi Jinping”, and “I found photos of Xi Jinping when he was younger and [Simu] really looks like him”.
Someone also jokingly asked if Shang-Chi’s superpower is “carrying 200 jin (100kg) of wheat on a 10 li (5km) mountain road without switching shoulders”, a cheeky reference to an infamous claim President Xi once made in an interview many years ago (although many are sceptical about this).
Anyway, judging from all the hype the film is getting on social media all over the world and the excited comments we’ve seen about it, we don’t think Simu needs to concern himself with such antics from faceless strangers on the internet.
Photos: Marvel Studios/Facebook, PTT