Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu has revealed his reaction to the moment he got his life-changing call from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and was invited into the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In an interview with ET Canada, Liu recalled the anxiety he felt after his screen-test and what happened when he finally got the call, saying, "I waited two days and I had gone online and watched videos of all these other Marvel stars and how they got cast and I think I got it in my mind that Kevin likes to call them personally so I thought if my manager calls, it might be bad news but if I get a call from an unknown number, it might be good news."
"It's about 6:19 p.m. Tuesday and lo and behold, I'm in my underwear eating shrimp crackers and there's an unknown number from Burbank, California," he continued. "Now I know Disney Studios is in Burbank so my heart's thumping out of my chest and I jump and am like 'Hello!' and it's the divine voice of Kevin Feige. I'll never forget it, it's so calm, it's so booming."
Liu continued, "He's like 'Simu, hi. We'd like you to play Shang-Chi. Also, we need you to go to Comic-Con in four days.' I can't describe how I felt. I think I cried hysterically, I can't remember if it was on the phone or after, but probably a bit of both."
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Tony Leung as the Mandarin and Awkwafina. The film arrives in theaters on February 12, 2021.