Fans of actor Simu Liu have discovered some images of his life before he became a Marvel star. Simu, who is now the first Asian to headline his own solo Marvel superhero film, Shang Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings, used to model for stock photography.
One person shared two photos of Simu on Twitter. They showed Simu posing with others in a workplace. “SIMU LIU IS USED TO MODEL AID FOR STORAGE IMAGES,” wrote the person. The tweet got 90,000 likes and 9,000 retweets. “If Simu finds this and starts blocking me, it will be your fault,” they wrote in another tweet.
Reacting to the photos, fans had a variety of reactions. “Sometimes I forget that the people in the stock photos are real,” wrote one. “Shang-chi and the legend of the 10 corporate meetings,” wrote one. “Simu Liu went from stock photography model to superhero and we love that for him #shangchi,” commented another person.
Others also shared more archive footage of Simu from the train stations and even a video of Avicii in which he appeared. Some even discovered a tweet from Simu, which he shared last year. In it, he had also shared archive photos of himself. “I legitimately wonder if I am the greatest stock photography model of all time. Completely foreign note, please stop buying these photos, “he wrote.
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Not only him, Star Wars actor John Boyega also took archival photographs before landing the role of Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Simu is a Canadian actor, stuntman, and former Deloitte accountant. She plays the lead role in Shang-Chi, which also stars Tony Leung, Awkwafina, and Michelle Yeoh. Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the film follows Shang-Chi, who is drawn to the underground organization of the Ten Rings and is forced to confront the past that he thought he had left behind.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings also stars Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, and Benedict Wong.