Simu Liu, Shang-Chi Himself, Used To Model For Stock Photos And They’re Priceless
The internet never forgets.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the early stages of an actor’s career are far from glamorous and that even Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings dreamboat himself Mr Simu Liu is not immune.
The star of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings and Netflix’s hit comedy Kim’s Convenience, Simu Liu is an absolute delight. Not only are his tweets huge moods, but there are endless interviews and TikToks showing what a cool, kind guy he is in person.
But like why am I like this pic.twitter.com/Bv7rBSO8CH
— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) August 19, 2021
“86% on RottenTomatoes? What happened to the other 14?”
-my parents, probably
— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) August 23, 2021
It’s hard to believe Simu Liu has been anything other than a big star with a big heart. But the internet never forgets and, as it turns out, stock photos are forever.
Like many actors before him, John Boyega to name one, Simu Liu was a stock photo model. Over the last few months, people have been collecting his best stock modelling moments and posting them to Twitter.
i present to you…simu stock photos… pic.twitter.com/TufxZrvnZ1
— alicia🧣don’t spoil shang-chi! (@astridleongteo) September 5, 2021
Shang Chi leading the Avengers like pic.twitter.com/fnMy0Afu9c
— Mauricio | Browntable (Weeb Era) (@Browntable_Ent) September 5, 2021
Liu posted some of the photos to his Instagram story back in March of this year, explaining he did one shoot back in 2014. “I did ONE stock photo shoot for 100 bucks cash in 2014…” wrote Liu, “and I have ended up on HUNDREDS of ads and storefronts and pamphlets and textbook covers.”
“Moral of the story; Think twice before doing a stock photoshoot because they own the photos FOREVER” he wrote.
Apparently, this isn’t the first time these stock photos have revived themselves in Simu’s life. pic.twitter.com/sIceQzi6TD
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) September 5, 2021
In 2017, Liu came across one of the stock photos he modelled for on an accounting textbook. He tweeted, “Call @Alanis Morissette because I just died from irony. I did a stock photo shoot in 2014 and it ended up here. I used to be an accountant.”
Whether he’s kicking ass as Shang-Chi, winning my heart in interviews, or enthusiastically showing his non-descript co-workers a presentation, I think we can agree Simu Liu is a treasure.
— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) February 22, 2017