Simu Liu’s face has now made it on the back of several tuk-tuks in Thailand — but for one good reason that has nothing to do with stock photography regrets.
As it turned out, some Thai fans have decided to print banners to celebrate the “Shang-Chi” superstar’s birthday, which falls on April 19.
The banner, created by a fan club called Simu Liu Thailand, declared that “Thai fans love Simu.” It also included the actor’s social media handles, as well as the hashtag “#WeWereDreamers,” the title of his upcoming autobiography.A shocked Liu took to Instagram to thank his fans after seeing the photos on Sunday
Happy birthday @Simuliu ❤️ 🗓 19.4 ❤️ from Thai fans #HBDSimu #SimuLiu #SimuLiuTH #WeWereDreamers #ShangChi
🛺 รถตุ๊กตุ๊กวิ่งเส้นสยาม และวงเวียนใหญ่นะคะ pic.twitter.com/fGKcZpX4uJ
— Simu Liu Thailand (@SimuLiuThailand) April 10, 2022
“Woke up today stunned to see my face on the back of a Tuk Tuk in Thailand! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!”
Aside from the Thai banners, Liu also shared photos from Korean fans who apparently bought advertising placements as early as March to celebrate his birthday.
“I’ve always known that I had the best fans in the world. And that’s not just because of the massive gestures like this, but because of the positivity and support that I feel from them each and every day, from all corners of the world,” Liu wrote. “The internet can be such a sad and angry place, but they help me drown out all of the negativity.”
Liu said many of his fans could “legitimately” work for the CIA “with how good they are at internet sleuthing,” since they likely already have his photos before he could find them.
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“Thank you guys, from the bottom of my heart. You mean more to me than you will ever know,” Liu wrote.
As of this writing, Liu’s post has received more than 262,000 likes and over 2,000 comments. Many sent him well-wishes for his upcoming birthday.
“That’s LIT,” musician Ben Baller wrote. “HBD homie.”
“Happy birthday superhero! Can’t wait to read your new book! Our world is a better brighter place because you were born! Wishing you your best next adventure around the sun,” brain coach Jim Kwik wrote.
Actress Fala Chen wrote, “Realizing you have fans outside Canada now.”
For now, Liu has his eyes on promoting “We Were Dreamers,” which is scheduled for release on May 17.