“Kim’s Feature” actor Simu Liu is setting the record straight about the critical comments he made last week marking the end of the hit Canadian sitcom.
in a recent statement Vanity Fair, the star of Marvel’s highly anticipated “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” insisted he was “not trying to call anyone in particular” a harsh creative environment with his viral Facebook post, “Horsesup” represented behind-the-scenes representation of the series, which debuted its fifth and final season on Netflix earlier this month, by denouncing pay and a shortfall.
“My recent comments on the end of ‘Kim’s feature’ were never meant to reveal a massive blunder,” Liu told Vanity Fair as part of a larger profile published Thursday.
“It was a string of ideas that came from a deep and personal perspective that is incredibly nuanced. … It’s a period in my life that helped shape me in so many ways.”
After “Kim’s Feature” officially closed for business, both Liu and his onscreen mother, Jeon Yoon, lamented the lack of Korean-born talent among the show’s writing and “overwhelmingly white” production teams.
Based on Ines Choi’s play of the same name, the CBC program was praised for its inclusivity and focused on a Korean Canadian family operating a convenience store in Toronto.
Liu told Vanity Fair, “The immigrant experience is rarely portrayed in a positive light in mainstream media, and for this reason, ‘Kim’s feature’ has a special place in the hearts of countless fans globally – Including mine.”
“Kim is one of the most unique shows to hit the air, with a focus on personal and communal development, family, and most important: immigrant culture. Kim told me to portray an Asian character with significant story arcs and subtleties. The show was integral in allowing me to find my voice and shape the perspective and platform that I have now.”
Despite the opportunities to “feature Kim”, Liu noted in his June 2 Facebook criticism That he became “way more and more frustrated” with the way he and his character, Jung, were treated. Liu also claimed that his and others’ attempts to promote the series’ authenticity with their own creative input had been scuttled. According to Yoon, this resulted in a “highly racist” and “extremely culturally incorrect” story.
For “Strays”—CBC’s upcoming “Kim feature” spinoff centered on Jung’s work supervisor—Liu expressed his displeasure at “all the circumstances that led a non-Asian character to have his own show,” adding that stating that he would “strongly refuse” to reprise his role on the show, “not that they would ever ask.”
While working on the series, which premiered in 2016, Liu stated on social media that she and her cast were objectively and grossly underpaid compared to other popular shows such as “Shit’s Creek”, which created a “brand -named genius”, but received lower ratings than “Kim’s feature” according to Marvel Star.
Still, Liu told Vanity Fair that he “incredibly appreciates the work the team has done for the past five seasons,” and expects the groundbreaking show to help up-and-coming cast members carve a niche for themselves in the entertainment industry. will empower.
“This whole experience helped me express a passion that I, prior to this project, could not properly express: pride,” Liu told Vanity Fair.
“Proud of the individual, proud of one’s culture and heritage, and proud of one’s community. I’m proud of everything we’ve achieved during our run and can’t wait to see what the legacy of the show and others like it are.” How people find their voices and tell their stories influence generations to come.”
For the July–August issue of the magazine, Liu also discussed his upcoming Marvel debut as the MCU’s first major superhero of Asian descent in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” in theaters September 3.
“I realized, if I don’t step into the spotlight, and the person next to me doesn’t step, and the people around me don’t step up, who will?” he said. “Who will speak for us when we need someone? I want to be outspoken.”
Read Liu’s full conversation with Vanity Fair Here.