We are nowhere near the premiere of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – 95%. The movie gives us many reasons to get excited, but one that should not be taken lightly is the participation of Tony Chiu-Wai Leung. He is one of the best actors in this medium, period. Not for nothing has he collaborated on several occasions with the equally legendary Wong Kar-wai.
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Much is expected of his performance in the film and his interpretation of the Mandarin. The reality is that the previous version we saw in the MCU was nothing more than a joke and one not particularly well executed. Therefore, the fans hope that this time we see a Mandarin / Wenwu who meets all expectations and blows their minds. The actor has everything to achieve it, they just need to have known how to take full advantage of it.
Something that must also be taken into account is that acting with an actor of that caliber is not just anything. It is a unique experience especially for actors who do not have so many films to their credit. For the same reason, it should absolutely not surprise any soul in this world that Simu Liu has basically said that acting with him was a day-to-day master class. He said that in an Ask Me Anything session on Marvel’s Reddit called r / MarvelStudios (via Comic Book). His exact words and without a comma to spare were the following that you can read below:
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It was like a master class in acting every day. He is without a doubt as legendary as the legends say. What makes Tony so incredibly observable is his stillness, his ability to express so much emotional color with just one glance. For a newbie like me coming to a set full of nervous energy, he helped me put my feet on the ground and forced me to be still and present.
We cannot doubt that acting with someone like Leung it’s going to help Liu grow as an actor in more ways than one. It is not free to say that the devil knows more by old than by devil and in the case of the legendary Hong Kong actor, he has a long history behind him and it is good to know that he likes to impart some of that wisdom to the novices with whom he shares a set, as is the case of Simu liu. Of course, he also added a bit of a joke that fascinated him that his job was to look him in the eye for hours:
Also, I loved that my job was to literally stare into Tony’s eyes for hours at a time.
On the other hand, Tony leung recently had a pretty substantial conversation with / Film. In it, he revealed his method of playing the character, but more importantly, he mentioned that, in his opinion, he is not really a villain:
When [Marvel] He offered me the role, what they wanted was for me to create a new Mandarin, so I was able to develop my character along with the filming. I have never approached Wenwu from a villain’s point of view. Rather, I tried to explore the reasons that led him to become who he is. [El Mandarín] he is a human being and has a family. While reading [el guión], I began to consider the many reasons why he would become the way he is: a sociopath, a narcissist, a fanatic.
Apparently he is not a two-dimensional villain, but a character with real motivations for why he does things.
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