After Quentin Tarantino’s remark on Marvel actors who are not stars, Simu Liu, the interpreter of Shang-Chi gave his answer to the director of Kill Bill and to Martin Scorsese, also very critical of super movies. -hero.
Marvel (again) attacked, Shang-Chi responds
For some time, in Hollywood, a squabble opposes certain renowned filmmakers and the big productions of the moment, more precisely Marvel. In 2019, Martin Scorsese declared that, for him, marvel movies are not cinema. Which earned him a response from one of the craftsmen of superhero films, James Gunn, according to whom Scorsese would use the fame of these blockbusters to talk about his films, like The Irishman.
Rebelote lately with Quentin Tarantino who this time attacked the performers of the Marvel films. For him, “these actors are not stars (…) Captain America is the star“. Even if there is some truth in what the filmmaker says, it was enough for one of the main concerned to step up. Simu Liurevealed to the general public with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringswho gave his answer via his Twitter account.
If the only guardians of the hall of fame of cinema were Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to carry a film that made more than $400 million. I am in awe of their cinematic genius. They are transcendent authors. But they can’t point fingers at me or anyone else.
A diversity problem at Tarantino?
Simon Liu then points out more precisely the issue of diversity and seems to feel that, at Scorsese and Tarantino, it would not be a priority. While at Marvel, it would be the opposite according to him.
No studio is perfect. But I’m proud to work with one who has made efforts to improve on-screen diversity by creating heroes who inspire people from different communities around the world. I also like the “golden age of Hollywood”… But it was still damn white.
There is clearly a certain awkwardness in his statement, as he mixes up several elements. First on the fact that Tarantino and Scorsese would never have given him an opportunity like he had with Shang Chi. In terms of figures, of course, the two filmmakers no longer bring in as much money with their films. But the comparison is not really valid. Next, by questioning the diversity in these two directors (and adding the golden age of Hollywood), once again the opposite of what Marvel has proposed, there is reason to wonder.
Indeed, with pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill or Django, one could argue that Tarantino ticks the diversity boxes. Even if, it is true, none of his films has had an Asian in the main role, which Simon Liu may be reproaching him for.
Scorsese and the representation of Tibetans
As for Martin Scorsese, netizens recalled the tibetan cast of Kundun (1997). A film that Disney was distributing at the time, and which would not have been strongly supported by the studio to avoid alienating the Chinese market. And on the side of Marvel, let’s recall the decision for Doctor Strange (2016) to play the Elder, Tibetan character in comicsby Tilda Swinton.
Once again, we will put Simu Liu’s statement on the account of awkwardness because the subject he raises is not so simple. He obviously seems to agree that a studio like Disney could have made mistakes. But to mix the question of diversity with that of “movie stars” is not a priori not the most relevant.
Besides, Anthony Mackie (aka Falcon in the MCU) had himself admitted that the public was coming see marvel movies for characters more than for performers. But who knows, maybe one day Simu Liu will prove the opposite by carrying on his shoulders a great original production elsewhere than at Marvel…