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'Shang-Chi' Star Simu Liu Pokes Fun at Naysayers with Stock Photo from Modeling Days

Edduin Carvajal
Sep 11, 2021
06:00 A.M.
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Simu Liu’s wit and sense of humor are unrivaled, and he proved it with his hilarious response to those who believed Marvel’s “Shang-Chi” would flop.

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“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” has been performing a lot better than what some people expected as it broke the Labor Day box-office record by collecting over $90 million in four days.

If that wasn’t enough, it became the 28th biggest Monday box office gross of all time, surpassing even Marvel's cult-favorite “The Avengers.”

Simu Liu on August 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Simu Liu on August 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

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It is essential to point out that the film has achieved all that in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic when many people are understandably avoiding theaters.

Almost nobody expected that the Asian-led superhero film would perform this well. In fact, some even believed it would flop, and the main star Simu Liu was well aware of their predictions.

Simu Liu on August 16, 2021 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Simu Liu on August 16, 2021 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

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On September 6, Liu poked fun at those naysayers by sharing a stock photo of himself in what appeared to be an office grinning and pointing at a laptop’s screen.

Two other models next to him were also laughing at the computer, making Liu's joke in the caption even funnier. He wrote: “Me laughing at the people who thought we’d flop.”

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[Meng'er Zhang] accidentally punched Liu in the face while shooting their first fight scene

As expected, Liu’s tweet went viral. Some of his fans even found more stock photos of him – including one where he was seemingly commanding a meeting in a boardroom – and created memes and jokes out of it.

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Following Liu’s hilarious tweet, it became evident that he worked as a stock art model to pay the bills before making it big in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

However, he once admitted he would also dress up as Spider-Man and perform at children’s birthday parties for extra cash, so it’s fair to say that he has always been a superhero.

Coming back to “Shang-Chi,” star Meng'er Zhang confessed in an interview that she accidentally punched Liu in the face while shooting their first fight scene.

The actress, who had never worked in a movie before, pointed out that she was nervous, and Liu encouraged her to “go for it.” Zhang joked that although she didn’t mean to hit him, it “felt good.”

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