Simu Liu Was Spider-Man Before Shang-Chi? Barbie Star Details Previous Jobs Before Becoming a Marvel Superhero

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Simu Liu recounted the previous jobs he had before he became a big name in Hollywood, thanks to his titular role in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsApparently, before he became his own superhero, he once played Spider-Man, too — at a birthday party.

Simu Liu Reportedly Played Spider-Man In A Birthday Party As A Side Job

In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel Live a year ago, Liu spoke about the different side jobs he had before he became a Marvel star. According to him, he was an accountant. After quitting the job, he decided to try his luck in Hollywood.

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"I took on a number of side jobs," Liu explained (via Showbiz CheatSheet) to guest host Sean Hayes. "One of them, actually, kind of superhero related was I was a dress-up Spider-Man for kids' birthday parties. So I did that for one summer."

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Hayes commented it was a preparation for his superhero movie.

"Yeah," Liu agreed, before adding, "it was like the same thing. I'd roll up to these, like, a six-year-old's parties, and I would basically just get physically assaulted by them for an hour."

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However, while he was keen on playing the character, the costume was cheap, and the kids could tell he wasn't the real Spider-Man, so they didn't appreciate it.

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Simu Liu Takes Pride In Becoming The First Asian Superhero Lead

When Liu's superhero movie was released last year, he penned a lengthy message on Instagram expressing how delighted and thrilled he was when he landed the job. He also accompanied it with a beautiful artwork by Jarvis, a Chicago-based artist and graphic designer.

"The sun rose today to a world where Asian superheroes exist as the leads of their story; that is the gift that @destindaniel and @marvelstudios have bestowed upon all of us, across all communities, everywhere," he wrote. "A celebration and a sharing of culture, of language, of laughter, of excitement, of sorrow and of heartbreak."

"I need to say a few words about our director, who has put more work into this thing than you could possibly imagine. Thank you for making this all happen, Destin. For your thoughtfulness, for the dedication and commitment you showed each and every day, for the personal sacrifices you made, and for giving me the opportunity to be a vessel for your story.

I will never be able to repay what I have learned from my time with you."

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He also thanked his "incredible co-stars" Awkwafina, Benedict Wong, Fala Chen, Meng'er Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Ronny Chieng, Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu, Ben Kingsley and Toney Leung for allowing him "a complete newbie to occupy space in your world."

According to Liu, working with them felt like he was among the legends. He was grateful for their "patience and generosity" and they were all magnificent in the film.

"I've said before that this film will change the world. A smile where there wasn't one before. Pride where there was shame. Compassion where there was ignorance. If we reach out and touch even one person, then aren't all of our lives better for it?"

Liu also thanked Disney and his fan for their support.

Liu is set to appear in Margot Robbie's live-action movie Barbie, which will hit the big screens next year.

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