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Simu Liu revealed to play 1 of 3 versions of Ken in upcoming ‘Barbie’ film

  • Simu Liu has been revealed to be playing one of three versions of Ken in the upcoming “Barbie” movie.
  • The other two will be played by Ryan Gosling and Ncuti Gatwa.
  • Margot Robbie, who is set to play Barbie, won’t be the only one either, with Issa Rae and Hari Nef taking on two other versions of the character.

Ever since Simu Liu was announced to be in the upcoming live-action “Barbie” movie, fans wondered where he’d fit into the world of the Mattel dolls – most recognizable by their classic blond hair and blue eye features. Is the world ready for an Asian Ken? 

As it turns out, the upcoming film is taking notes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that Liu broke out in as its first Asian superhero, Shang-Chi. A multiverse is coming to Barbie, and it will involve three separate Kens, according to New York Times’ Kyle Buchanan, who divulged new insights from the Cannes Film Festival to Twitter on Wednesday.

‘Mandarin is not an easy language’: Simu Liu explains his criticism of ‘Moon Knight’

  • Simu Liu further explained his criticism against Ethan Hawke’s character’s use of Mandarin in “Moon Knight.”
  • “I think there’s maybe a misconception that Marvel is this kind of monolithic, all-powerful single organism with infinite resources,” Liu told GQ.
  • “I have full appreciation for the fact that Mandarin is not an easy language. I didn’t want to make it into a big political thing,” he added.
  • The Chinese Canadian actor has been vocal about Asian representation in the entertainment industry.
  • In March, the actor refused to sign Marvel comics that contain offensive material, such as the “Masters of Kung-Fu” series in which Shang-Chi first makes his appearance.

Simu Liu further explained the criticism he made against Ethan Hawke’s character’s use of Mandarin in the Disney Plus series “Moon Knight.”

“I think there’s maybe a misconception that Marvel is this kind of monolithic, all-powerful single organism with infinite resources,” Liu told GQ earlier this month. “I think that it’s easy to allocate the blame to Marvel as a whole. If you really break it down, there was a translator that probably shouldn’t have been a translator. There were probably a couple of people in the decision-making process that should have raised a flag that didn’t.”

Simu Liu and Tesher take over Juno Awards stage with rousing bhangra dance to ‘Jalebi Baby’

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  • Simu Liu showed off his bhangra moves to the hit song “Jalebi Baby” during the 51st Juno Awards at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto on Sunday.
  • The Marvel star opened the evening with his powerful “I am Canadian” speech before artists such as Arcade Fire, Avril Lavigne and even Liu himself performed.
  • He then joined Indian Canadian singer-rapper Tesher onstage and stunned fans with a Punjabi-style bhangra dance sequence.
  • The excitement even went beyond the stage. Liu and Tesher’s performance captured the hearts of several South Asian fans, inciting discussions on social media about how Canadian the whole performance was.
  • “Now that’s how we celebrate Asian Heritage Month,” Liu said at the end of the performance.

Simu Liu showed off his bhangra moves while dancing to Tesher’s “Jalebi Baby” at the 51st Juno Awards on Sunday.

Following a three-year hiatus of in-person celebrating, the Juno Awards returned this past weekend with audience members crowding outside the Budweiser Stage in Toronto as they awaited an exciting lineup of award recipients. 

Simu Liu reveals that script for his upcoming project ‘Barbie’ was one of the best his agent ever read

  • Simu Liu revealed his reason for joining the cast of the upcoming “Barbie” movie, starring Margot Robbie.
  • Liu described the film as “wild” and “incredibly unique,” adding, “I wish I could just show you what we do day to day because it’s crazy.”
  • “Barbie” is expected to release on July 21, 2023. 

Simu Liu is going from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a life in plastic. And it’s fantastic.

The “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star recently revealed it was a junior agent from his management team that pushed him to audition for the upcoming “Barbie” film after finding the script to be one of the best he’s ever read.

Simu Liu opens up about repairing his relationship with his immigrant parents after childhood trauma

  • Simu Liu has opened up about his complicated relationship history with his immigrant parents in an interview with People.
  • Cultural differences and expectations for him to be perfect caused a rift earlier on, later exacerbated by his B-average performance in school. 
  • "As I've gotten older, I've found empathy as to what they were going through at the time. We've come so far," he says.

Simu Liu has opened up about making peace with his parents, who he once considered the “worst parents in the world” after mutual trauma and cultural differences caused a rift early on in his life. 

The “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star shared his story in an interview with People in light of his newly released memoir “We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Story.”

Simu Liu honored with IMDb Starmeter Award for being a ‘fan favorite’

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  • IMDb presented Simu Liu with a “Fan Favorite” Starmeter Award in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
  • Liu reached the top 10 in the Starmeter rankings three times in the past year for his leading roles in Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” and CBC’s “Kim’s Convenience.”
  • The award also celebrates the actor making history as the first Marvel Asian superhero.
  • Liu is currently in London filming the upcoming romantic comedy film “Barbie.”
  • He is also set to join the cast of “One True Loves,” a dramedy film that will premiere later this year.

IMDb presented Simu Liu with a “Fan Favorite” Starmeter Award in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

The award recognizes Liu’s strong performance on the entertainment database site’s Starmeter rankings, which track the pageviews of its more than 200 million monthly visitors worldwide, according to a press release from the company.

‘Moon Knight’ director Mohamed Diab responds to Simu Liu’s criticism of the show’s Mandarin

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  • “Moon Knight” director Mohamed Diab has responded to Simu Liu’s criticism over the show’s poor Mandarin pronunciation in its second episode.
  • The Marvel star, along with several other Mandarin speakers, reacted negatively to the incomprehensible Mandarin dialogue spoken by Ethan Hawke’s character Arthur Harrow.
  • “Alright Arthur Harrow needs to fire his Mandarin teacher,” Liu tweeted on April 9.
  • In a recent statement, Diab claimed that he spoke with Liu about his tweet: “I actually told him, ‘Thank you for pointing that out.’ We had an expert, and we tried to do our best. But you know what? Next time, we're going to do better.”

In response to Simu Liu’s criticism of the incomprehensible Mandarin spoken in the hit Disney Plus show “Moon Knight,” filmmaker Mohamed Diab has committed to “do better.”

The action-packed series, which stars Oscar Isaac as the titular Marvel hero, has been generally well-received by viewers and critics alike.

Simu Liu banners seen on the back of tuk-tuks as Thai fans celebrate ahead of his birthday

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  • Marvel superstar Simu Liu took to Instagram on Sunday to share photos from fans who are celebrating ahead of his birthday on April 19.
  • Thai fans printed banners and attached them on several tuk-tuks, while Korean fans paid for ads in what appears to be a subway station.
  • Liu described his fans as “the best in the world” not only because of such gestures, but because of “the positivity and support that I feel from them each and every day.”
  • The shocked Shang-Chi star also joked that his fans could work for the CIA, since they already have his photos before he could find them.
  • Liu’s autobiography “We Were Dreamers” is scheduled for release next month.

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.

Simu Liu, Mandarin speakers criticize Chinese spoken by Ethan Hawke’s ‘Moon Knight’ character

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  • Actor Simu Liu criticized the Mandarin spoken in the latest episode of the Disney Plus Marvel show “Moon Knight.”
  • "Alright Arthur Harrow needs to fire his Mandarin teacher,” Liu tweeted.
  • In the show’s second episode, the character Arthur Harrow, played by actor Ethan Hawke, is seen talking with a disciple in Mandarin.
  • As he kicks a ball toward the woman, she tells him that he “will always be a loser.” Hawke’s character seemingly responds in jest, saying, “You are dead.”
  • Mandarin speakers found the exchange incomprehensible as the phrases were used out of context.
  • YouTuber Disney Dwayne claimed that Hawke’s dialogue was “like a direct Google translation” and mentioned that Marvel Studios and Disney could have put more care into translating the phrases.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu recently took to Twitter to criticize the Mandarin used by a new Marvel character in the Disney Plus show “Moon Knight.”

After watching the episode, Liu took to Twitter and wrote, “Alright Arthur Harrow needs to fire his Mandarin teacher.”

Simu Liu will not sign ‘offensive’ Shang-Chi comic books at upcoming event

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“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu is set to attend The ACE Experience at comic convention Awesome Con alongside his co-stars Meng’er Zhang and Florian Munteanu, but fans must take note of some rules put in place for the signing event.

According to an ACE announcement, Liu, Zhang and Munteanu will be available for celebrity photo ops and in-person autographs on June 4 at Awesome Con at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The announcement also noted, however, that the actors would not be signing any comic books deemed offensive, particularly Marvel Comics’ original “Shang-Chi” run from 1974-83.

‘Now we are enemies’: Simu Liu reacts to Toshiba using his stock photo for printer instruction booklet

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  • “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star Simu Liu poked fun at a stock photo of him that was featured on the cover of an old instruction booklet for a Toshiba printer.
  • “Toshiba, whatever you paid for this photo, I guarantee you I would have endorsed you for less. Now we are enemies,” Liu tweeted.
  • The 32-year-old actor has previously expressed regret in posing for a $100 stock photo gig in 2014 that had him ending up “on HUNDREDS of ads and storefronts and pamphlets and textbook covers.”
  • “Moral of the story: Think twice before doing a stock photoshoot [sic] because they own the photos FOREVER,” he wrote in a series of Instagram Stories.

Simu Liu’s $100 stock photo gigs may be long behind him, but reminders of his modeling past still pop up from time to time.

In a recent tweet, the “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star shared a gem from his pre-Marvel era: his smiling face on an instruction booklet for a printer from Japanese electronics company Toshiba.

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