Simu Liu talks about ‘Shang-Chi’ and more in the opening monologue – Deadline

Simu Liu made his host debut tonight SNL, and begins his opening monologue with reference to Marvels Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, the story-making cartoon that came out back in September starring him.

“I’m officially Marvel’s first openly Chinese superhero. I’m also the first Chinese host SNL, ”He said to cheers from the audience,“ to be the fourth Chinese host SNL. “

Liu noted that he is actually Chinese-Canadian, and said how happy he is to be there Saturday Night Live for its Thanksgiving show. “Now, in Canada, Thanksgiving is actually in October, marking the start of the fall season, and here in America, things are a little different,” he explained. “It’s in November and it marks the start of Black Friday Week on Amazon Prime.”

That said, the actor has a lot to be thankful for this year. “A lot of people ask me how I got a role in a Marvel movie,” he said. “The truth is, I got it Shang-Chi how any Canadian gets their big breakthrough – by asking politely. “

While this may sound like a joke, it was not. Liu recounted on stage how in 2014 he reached out to Marvel via Twitter to congratulate them on the success of their latest film and subsequently asked, “What about an Asian superhero?”

At that point, he remembered, the tweet got about 10 likes, “which was 10 more than I usually got.” But he worked hard, and five years later he was contributing in Marvel’s first Asian superhero movie. “After I got the role, I went online and tweeted, “Thank you for returning to me,” the actor said. “Of course I’m Canadian.”

Liu added that he “can not believe” his life right now because just 10 years ago he had a job dressing up as Spider-Man for children’s birthdays. “I will never forget this one birthday boy. His name was Trevor and I do not want to say anything bad about him, but let’s just say he was a real Trevor, kept kicking my shins and screaming, ‘You are not Spider-Man! You’re not Spider-Man! ‘”, Liu shared.” Look, I do not know if you were ever fired by a seven-year-old while wearing a $ 30 Walmart Spider-Man suit. but it will break you. “

Although Liu’s spirit was broken for a moment, he says he found out that a fire had been lit under him at the same time. “I do not know where he is now, but Trevor, if youwhen I see, I just want to say you were right, ”said the evening’s host as an ending. “I’m not Spider-Man. I’m Shang-Chi, b * tch!”

Liu is joined for tonight’s episode of musical guest Saweetie. Check out Shang-Chi the star’s opening monologue above.

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