Simu Liu, the protagonist of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, used his Instagram account to share a text in which he reflects on his past and celebrates the date that marks 10 years since he was fired from his job as an accountant at the multinational Deloitte. In the post, the Chinese actor comments on the feeling of humiliation after being fired and the financial difficulties he faced before achieving success in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Check out the full testimonial:
“Ten years ago I was taken to my manager’s office at Deloitte and told that they were terminating my employment immediately. An HR lady and a security guard escorted me back to the floor in front of the entire office, which has an open layout. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. No one moved, offered a whisper of encouragement or even glanced my way. I fought back tears of humiliation, grabbed my stuff and never looked back.
Ten years ago I thought my life was over. I had wasted countless time and money that my family had invested in me. Years of study, programs for the gifted, trying to live up to my parents’ expectations. Everything collapsed in an instant.
Every April 12th I get really weird and introspective, but this is the TEN YEARS marker… which means I’m REALLY thrilled. I know some of you have read Gladwell, and your prediction was accurate. Ten years or 10,000 hours. My God, what an incredible journey it has been. I spent four of those years running around like a headless chicken trying to figure out how to break into the industry, struggling with credit card debt and taking any job I could. Another three years were spent trying to break into Hollywood, sinking my precious savings into something many would call a dream. It’s really only been in the last three years that anything I’ve done has started to bear fruit.
I know luck has played a substantial role in my successes, but I’m sure that if I hadn’t been cast in two life-changing roles, I would still have found purpose and meaning in the pursuit of success on my own terms. It’s not my parents’ definition – it’s MINE. I don’t know who needs to hear this right now, but no amount of money is worth compromising your vision for yourself. Pursuing a dream – YOUR dream – against all odds… that’s what life is all about.
Happy April 12th, Instagram.
Paul Gibbon and the Deloitte Toronto offices; sincerely, honestly, THANK YOU. You did for me what I never had the courage to do; You destroyed a life I was building for someone else so I could finally start building a life for myself.”
Interviews for Marvel
Recently, Simu Liu confessed that he exaggerated his resume during the selection process for the role of Shang-Chi at Marvel Studios. While he has previously worked as a stuntman, he also admitted that he considers himself much more of a dancer than a fighter, but he wasn’t about to let that make him miss out on one of the biggest opportunities of his life.
“They asked me about my martial arts background and experience, which of course I exaggerated because I really wanted the job. I had done some sporadic stunt work, but if we’re honest, I think I was more of a dancer than a martial artist.”revealed.
Shang Chi 2 confirmed
please note that a sequence of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has already been confirmed, with Destin Daniel Cretton at the helm once again. In addition, the filmmaker will develop a spin-off series for Disney+, possibly aimed at Xialing.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,from Marvel Studios, stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must face the past he thought he left behind and confront his father, leader of the dangerous organization Ten Rings. The film also stars Awkwafina as Katy, Shang-Chi’s friend; in addition to Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen and Florian Munteanu; and with Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan and Tony Leung as Xu Wenwu.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is only available on Disney+.