Liu praised Marvel for its ‘sustained efforts’ to improve diversity (Picture: Getty)
Simu Liu has criticised Quentin Taino and Martin Scorsese for ‘pointing their nose at me’ following remarks the prestigious ctors have e about Marvel films.
The Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star said he was proud to have worked with Marvel a movie studio that had e ‘sustained efforts to improve diversity on screen’ through its blockbusters.
It comes after Taino suggested in a recent podcast interview that those playing Marvel superheroes were ‘not movie stars’.
In an eode of 2 Bears 1 Cave the B ctor clarified that he did not ‘’ Marvel films but that he disliked that they were ‘the only things that seem to get e’ in modern Hollywood.
‘Part of the Marvelisation of Hollywood is… you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters. But they’re not movie stars’ he insisted.
‘Captain America is the star or Thor is the star. I think that’s been said a zion times… but it’s these franchise characters that become a star.’
ctor Taino has been openly critical of superhero movies recently (Picture: Getty)
Scorsese has been known to have e similar remarks critical of large-scale superhero blockbusters saying that they were ‘not cinema’ in 2019.
Responding to Taino’s comments on Twitter Liu said: ‘If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Taino and Scorsese I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 mion (£331m) plus movie.
‘I am in awe of their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they don’t get to point their nose at me or anyone.’
Liu praised Martin Scorsese as a ‘transcendent auteur’ but criticised his stance on superhero films (Picture: Getty)
He continued: ‘No movie studio is or ever w be perfect.
‘But I’m proud to work with one that has e sustained efforts to improve diversity onscreen by creating heroes that empower and inspire people of all communities everywhere.
‘I loved the ‘Golden Age’ too… but it was white as .’
The 33-year-old Canadian actor previously explained that he wanted to change ction after featuring in Shang-Chi and took parts in the highly anticipated Barbie live-action movie with Margot bie and the romantic film One True Loves to avoid being typecast.
If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Taino and Scorsese I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 mion plus movie.
I am in awe of their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they don’t get to point their nose at me or anyone.
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) November 22 2022
The Marvel star called the Golden Age of Hollywood ‘white as ’ (Picture: AP)
He told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘To quote Monty Python “And now for something completely different!” Coming off an action film/martial arts spectacle like Shang-Chi I knew that much of the world was going to expect me to do more kung-fu films.’
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Liu revealed that it had always ‘been important to me to constantly challenge people’s perceptions of myself as well as of Asian people as a whole’.
‘While I celebrate legendary actors such as Jackie Chan Jet Li and Bruce Lee I know that my path is very different. I am not a master of kung-fu after all; I am an actor who trained very hard to embody the character that I was hired to play’ he explained.
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Quentin Taino and Martin Scorsese for comment.
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