Shang Chi Star Simu Liu reacted to Marvel memes inspired by his viral photos resurfacing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Canadian actor and stuntman, former accountant and stock image model went viral when Twitter users shared old photos of Liu available on services such as Getty Images and iStockphoto. After Marvel Studios’ first Asian-led film opened with a record-breaking $94 million four-day Labor Day weekend, Liu posted a viral tweet of himself – circa 2014 – pointing pointing and laughing at “people who thought we’d flop”.
“If you’re a good model, you get paid thousands of dollars, you walk the runway…if you’re a stock model, you’re usually paid a base rate of a one-day shoot of $100” , Liu said Friday on The show tonight. “And they own the rights to the photos they take in perpetuity. Which is very, very important. It means the rights never run out.”
I don’t care about people who thought we’d flop pic.twitter.com/7UoLqRXlCJ
— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) September 6, 2021
“They could sell these photos and make millions and millions of dollars out of them, and the talent won’t bring in a penny,” Liu continued. “This is what happened to me.”
Fallon posted real stock images of Liu before showing “Marvelized” versions posted on Twitter, including memes inspired by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and another inserting Liu into a scene with the Avengers in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War. Watch Liu react in the video above and see some of the memes below: