Canadian actor Sumu Liu, who played the titular character Shang Chi in the recent Pahse 4 Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has recently found himself in an unfavorable situation in the eyes of the Chinese film market. An interview from a few years ago has resurfaced where the actor can clearly be seen making negative comments towards China.
In 2017 the actor gave an interview with the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and in the interview he told the story about why his parents left China for Canada when he was only five years old:
“When I was young, my parents would tell me these stories about growing up in Communist China, They lived in the third world where you have people dying of starvation. And they felt that Canada is a place where they can live freely and give their child a better future.“
The story was immediately shared on the Chinese social media site Weibo where many Chinese Nationalists gave their disgust for the actor and turned on him.
As of right now the footage is no longer available of the CBC website where it originally was, stating that this was “Due to a technical error”, but most likely was taken down upon request from Marvel and/or Disney. But screenshots were taken of the interview before being pulled down.
This isn’t the first time that someone of Chinese ancestry was blacklisted from China, as. filmmaker Chloe Zhao, who directed the Oscar Winning Nomadland, was also criticized for “Speaking out against the mainland” in the views of the CCP from past interviews.
With the CCP’s tightening grip on what films can and cannot be shown in their own country they will most likely not allow any projects associated with an individual who spoke out against their authority. This blunder may have cost Disney and Marvel the opportunity to feature Shang-Chi, a film designed and made specifically for Chinese audiences will most likely never be released in the Chinese market.
Source: Daily Mail UK
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