Hong Kong star Tony Leung who recently starred in ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ says that in the past he turned down the part of a failed father as it somewhat resembled to his own childhood memories.
Hong Kong star Tony Leung opens up about rejecting father roles before Shang Chi- “I don’t want to be reminded of how my dad treated me”
Tony Leung is seen playing a negative role as he plays a villainous father to the titular hero of the upcoming Marvel movie, while Leung is known for his outstanding performances in internationally-acclaimed films such as In The Mood For Love, Happy Together and Chungking Express, Leung in a cover story for GQ mentioned, “Someone actually approached me to play the role of a failed father but I rejected it because I don’t want to be reminded of how my dad treated me.”
The 59-year-old actor also stated that his solitary childhood led him to hobbies like reading, cycling and visiting museums adding, “Maybe it’s because of my childhood background, which made me distance myself from people. Since then, I’ve learned to find something that I really enjoy doing whilst I’m alone. Because you cannot always rely on being with people to feel happy, right?”
On his character of Xu Wenwu, Leung said, “Frankly, I couldn’t imagine someone in the real world with superpowers. But I can imagine someone like him who is an underdog, who is a failure of a father. On the one hand, he’s a bad father, but on the other, I just see him as someone who loves his family deeply. I don’t think he knows how to love himself.”
Marvel Chief Kevin Feige in an interview said that getting Tony Leung, a legend in international cinema circuits, to play Wenwu was special as the actor made it a “well-rounded tragic figure”.
Chinese-Canadian star Simu Liu plays the lead in the Marvel film, which releases in India on September 3 also stars Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Ronny Chieng, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu and Benedict Wong and is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
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