Quentin Tarantino recently shared a controversial statement and Simu Liu had a reply to it. The Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star shared his thoughts that the era of movie stardom “was white as hell” in response to recent comments made by Quentin Tarantino on the “2 Bears, 1 Cave” podcast. Tarantino said that the Marvel movie stars have disappeared due to the “Marvel-ization of Hollywood.”
In response, Liu took to his Twitter and penned, “If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million plus movie.” Liu also references director Martin Scorsese’s now-famous 2019 comment that Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are “not cinema.”
The actor continues, “I am in awe of their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent auteurs.” Liu added that auteur directors like Tarantino “don’t get to point their nose at me or anyone.” “No movie studio is or ever will be perfect,” Liu, who is expected to reprise his role as Shang-Chi in at least two upcoming MCU films, wrote on Twitter. “But I’m proud to work with one that has made sustained efforts to improve diversity onscreen by creating heroes that empower and inspire people of all communities everywhere.”
Liu concluded his post with a simple point about how times have changed in Hollywood. “I loved the “Golden Age” too.. but it was white as hell,” he wrote on Twitter. For the unversed, during a recent appearance at the podcast, the Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood director said that while MCU actors grow famous playing superhero characters, “they’re not movie stars,” as reported by Mediaite.
Tarantino said of MCU films during the appearance, “Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. I mean, I’m not the first person to say that. I think that’s been said a zillion times, you know, but, you know, but it’s like, you know, it’s these franchise characters that become a star.” About 30 minutes after Liu shared his thoughts on Twitter, the actor posted that he was “bracing for loser internet trolls” along with a GIF image of himself preparing for a fight in Shang-Chi.