Simu Liu will break ground September 3 as the first Asian superhero in a lead role featured in a movie produced by a Hollywood studio.
Now he’s also one of the few Asian men to make a cover of a magazine in North America.
Liu mistakenly thought he was Men’s Health first Asian cover boy, but it turns out Jet Li made the cover in 2010.
11 years is a lot of times between covers, so you can excuse his enthusiasm because a lot of Asian American and Canadian men are right there with him.
What do you think, ladies?
Some have said he’s too ugly to be playing a leading man. None of that seems to bother him.
“I got a ton of trolls,” Liu, told Men’s Health. “They’d leave Chinese comments on my page, and I’d be so excited to translate them, because I thought ‘ooh they must be voicing their support.’ And [instead] it would be like, ‘Your face looks like a dog’s anus, you don’t deserve this role.’”
Liu, from Canada, has a mother who is Chinese and a father who is Indian, according to Men’s Health.
He encourages those Asians at the bad end of racism, to not shy away from their culture and be proud of who they are.
“There is something missing in Asian America,” says Liu. “They’re missing people to tell them, ‘It’s okay to be who you are—you belong. Just be unapologetically you; you’re not less than anybody else.’ ”
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