Simu Liu’s grueling first-day training for ‘Shang-Chi’ revealed in behind-the-scenes footage

Shang Chi training footage released

Behind-the-scenes footage of Simu Liu’s first day of training for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” has emerged online. 

A hero in training: Yung Lee, the action designer for the Marvel Studios film, shared some clips on Instagram to provide fans a glimpse of how Liu looked before his full training started.

 

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  • According to Lee, Liu was already in good physical shape and was able to follow the action choreography without much difficulty.
  • “I think the biggest challenge for him was his flexibility,” Lee wrote. “It took the team stretching him out 5 times a week for four months to get him to a good place!”
  • The video, dated Aug. 8, 2019, showed the 32-year-old actor doing a variety of stretch workouts as he worked on his flexibility.
  • In the caption, Lee said the training session was led by stunt performer Alan Tang, with the rest of the training done by the team of action choreographer Brad Allan. 
  • Lee noted that the star “has come a long way since his first day!” In the end, he urged people to “Go see Shang-Chi while it’s still in theatres to see the results of his hard work!”

More fight training: Last month, Liu also shared a behind-the-scenes training session clip on Instagram in which he can be seen practicing fighting moves.

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  • In the video, Liu showcased exceptional skills during a hand-to-hand combat session with a trainer.
  • Sharing how he approaches his acting roles, Liu wrote in the caption: “Part of the joy of being an actor is the process of becoming one with a character. Whether it’s jazz piano, tap dancing or beating the living daylights out of people, a performer inhabits the character and fully gives themselves to the transformation process.”

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which was released in the U.S. on Sept. 3, has so far grossed over $325 million worldwide, making it the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2021. It is set to be available to stream on Disney Plus from Nov. 12 at no additional cost to subscribers as part of a special event called Disney Plus Day.

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