Simu Liu has criticized Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese for “pointing their noses at me” following remarks that prominent directors have made about Marvel movies.
The Shang-Chi star said he’s proud to work with Marvel, which has made “persistent efforts to improve diversity on screen” through its blockbuster films.
It comes after Tarantino suggested in a recent podcast interview that people playing Marvel superheroes “are not movie stars.”
In an episode of 2 Bears 1 Cave, director Kill Bill made it clear that he doesn’t “hate” Marvel movies, but he doesn’t like the fact that they are “the only thing that seems to be made” in modern Hollywood.
“Part of the Marvelization of Hollywood is… you have all the actors who have become famous playing these characters. But they are not movie stars,” he said.
“Captain America is the star, or Thor is the star. I think it’s been said a million times… but it’s these franchise characters that become the stars.”
Scorsese is known to have made similar remarks critical of large-scale superhero blockbusters.
In response to Tarantino’s comments on Twitter, Liu said: “If the only gatekeepers leading to movie stars were from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to act in a movie over $400 million.
“I admire their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they can’t point their noses at me or anyone.”
He continued: “No studio is perfect.
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“But I am proud to work with someone who has made a persistent effort to improve diversity on screen by creating heroes that empower and inspire people of all communities everywhere.
“I also like ‘Golden Age’… but it’s as white as hell.”
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