Simu Liu was “devastated” after not being cast in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Hollywood actor Simu Liu has revealed recently that he was left “devastated” when he was not cast in the popular movie, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’.

In an interview on a podcast the actor opened up about auditioning for the 2018 movie more than once and failing to land the lead role.

The ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ actor shared that he was crushed when he didn’t land a role in the movie.

The 33-year-old actor said he auditioned four times for the Jon M. Chu’s rom-com which starred big names like Constance Wu and Henry Golding. During his audition, Liu was apparently told he didn’t have the ‘It Factor’, which he said really hurt his confidence.

Speaking about this, on the ‘How to Fail With Elizabeth’ podcast, Liu further said, “I just remember being devastated at the time. It was at a time that was very difficult for me.”

Speaking further on this, Simu Liu shared, “I was trying to figure out whether I could be the lead character or whether I could only be a supporting character for my entire career.”

“We got, ‘Well Simu doesn’t have the X factor’ or the ‘It factor’. And that was just such a crushing blow for me because I, again, I felt like I already worked so hard,” he added.

Simu continued, and said, “And I came so far and I trained as an actor and taken countless hours of class was like, ‘What is the ‘It factor’?’ like it just felt like someone was telling me that I just wasn’t good enough.”

The Marvel movie was a huge breakthrough for Simu Liu and he is now part of Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ where he will be playing a version of Ken. The live action movie on the world-famous doll includes an all star cast of actors like Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

Liu shares that the cast have so much fun when they are shooting that they often cannot believe that they are getting paid to do this.

He said, “It’s very pink. There’s a lot of pink, which is honestly just kind of a lot of fun to come to work every day, right?”

Simu further said, “there’s been multiple times on this production that we’ve kind of looked at each other, whether it’s like cast or crew or even Greta (Gerwig, director) and been like, ‘How are we getting paid to do this? This is insane’ which I think is always a good sign every day feels like we’re just going to play.”

He signed off saying, “I can’t wait for people to see it.”



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