Simu Liu Offers Explanation for Acting with Mark Wahlberg After Calling Out His 1988 Assault

"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" star Simu Liu defended his upcoming role against Mark Wahlberg in "Arthur the King" on social media. Liu's casting was announced last week. He then deleted old Twitter posts criticizing Wahlberg for an incident in 1988 in which he was convicted of assaulting two Vietnamese men. Fans branded Liu a hypocrite for signing up to work with Wahlberg, and Liu explained his reasons for doing so in an Instagram post.
"I deleted a couple of tweets I made regarding one of my co-stars' previous actions as a gesture of professionalism to open up progressive conversation and (hopefully) positive change," Liu wrote. "Obviously it would be kind of weird to be working on this tweet. I meant what I was saying at the moment; I was very angry about what happened. That doesn't mean I don't think there is space to grow and work together to find an opportunity to learn and educate good things. I look forward to doing this in addition to filming. Advancing discussion will lead to dialogue, and dialogue will lead to action. "
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Liu previously noted in his statement that he did not want to give up the role in 'Arthur the King' as he 'plays a character who is undoubtedly a positive portrayal of an Asian man' and added, 'I fell in love with' Arthur the King 'because I absolutely loved the script, which tells the beautiful story of how a dog changed the lives of four adventure racers in the forests of Ecuador, especially after being a dog dad until last year, it hit me right in the emotions . I was and still am very passionate about bringing this story to the screen. "
Liu's since-deleted post on Wahlberg from 2018 was in response to Wahlberg apologizing for the 1988 crime in 2014. The then “Shang-Chi” actor wrote, “Let me get that straight. Mark Wahlberg beat a helpless Vietnamese man with a stick until he passed out at 16, trying to get the courts to grant him an official's pardon on the basis of having turned his life around? "
Wahlberg pleaded guilty to the assault at the age of 16 and was sentenced to two years in prison. The actor served just 45 days before his release and has repeatedly apologized for the incident over the years.
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