Simu Liu slams Tarantino and Scorsese’s Marvel comments, says old Hollywood was ‘white as hell’
The Shang-Chi star took to social media to address the numerous criticisms levied upon the Marvel franchise by the two filmmakers on Tuesday. “If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million plus movie,” Liu tweeted. Their filmmaking genius is amazing. They are master auteurs. They don’t have the right to point their noses at me or anyone else. “
Liu instead praised Marvel’s diverse storytelling — something that hasn’t always been the norm throughout the history of the studios. “No movie studio is perfect, nor will ever be. He said that he was proud to work for a studio that has made continuous efforts to improve diversity onscreen, creating heroes that inspire and empower people from all communities. “I loved the Golden Age’, but it was as white as hell. “
My only complaint is that they seem to be the only thing made.” he said. It is obvious that both studios and fans are only excited about these films. That’s my problem. ”
The Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood director also noted that the superhero films have destroyed what it means to be a real movie star.
You have all these actors who are famous for playing these characters,” he said. “But they aren’t movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Or Thor is the star. That’s not something I said. It’s something that’s been said many times… but it’s these franchise characters who make a movie star. ”
Tarantino previously shared on his The Video Archives Podcast earlier this month that he believes the current movie era is “the worst era in Hollywood history.” He said, “The good thing is being in a bad Hollywood cinema era is the ones who don’t conform, those that stand out from others.” “
Simu Liu, Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese
Simu Liu, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese
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Scorsese has been similarly entrenched in discussions surrounding Marvel movies ever since he famously called them “not cinema” back in 2019. “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks,” he told Empire. “It’s not the cinema of humans trying to convey emotions, psychological experiences to another person. “
While attending the BFI London Film Festival, The Irishman director doubled-down on his claims. He said, “That is fine and great for those who like that type of movie and, by the way knowing what goes into them now. I admire what they do.” It’s not my type of thing. It’s creating a new kind of audience who thinks cinema is that. “
EW has reached out Tarantino’s and Scorsese’s representatives for comment but did not receive a response.
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