the star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsSimu Liu, criticized Arthur Harrow’s attempt to speak Mandarin in moon knight. The Marvel series had its first two episodes released on Disney+, in which, in addition to the protagonist, Ethan Hawke’s character, Arthur Harrow, was also introduced. He is a religious fanatic and cult leader associated with the Egyptian goddess Ammit and who seeks justice and judgment based on future crimes.
In the latest episode of the Marvel production, “Summon the Costume”, the actor talks to a girl who is playing soccer. In the scene, Harrow briefly utters a few sentences in an attempt at Mandarin to his disciple, explaining that each member of his community tries to learn three languages. However, it seems that Liu didn’t like his pronunciation very much. In a post on twitterthe actor commented on the dialogue.
“Okay, Arthur Harrow needs to fire his Mandarin teacher.“, wrote.
The Chinese actor has always talked about Asian representation in film and television. Since being cast to play Shang-Chi, Liu has been using his platforms to air the issue, which is especially personal to him. Previously, the star went so far as to say that being Asian is his superpower.
“There are so many people here tonight who are struggling, showing me what it means to be Asian without remorse. The more I think about it, the more it feels like a super power.”, he said during the 19th Unforgettable Gala. He also acknowledged other Asian actors who are “fighting this war for representation a lot longer than me“.
In the current Marvel series, Harrow was Khonshu’s previous avatar before Spector. Hawke worked together with Oscar Isaac, who plays the titular character, to conceive of him as an opposite of Marc Spector, creating actions or emotions inverse to him and working Arthur as a mixture of monk and doctor.
new episodes of moon knight are added to Disney+ every Wednesday.