Tony Leung Describes Shang-Chi’s Wenwu as a “Failure of a Father”
In a matter of days, plenty of new characters will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hits theaters. In the comics, the core of Shang-Chi’s arc is a family drama that sees the titular hero dealing with a narcissistic villain, Fu Manchu, who also happens to be the protagonist’s father. While Marvel dropped the Fu Manchu character, fans will see a similar, disappointing father portrayed by Tony Leung in Destin Daniel Cretton’s movie. Wenwu, the new character, hides behind the name of the Mandarin, also the leader of the Ten Rings.
“Frankly, I couldn’t imagine someone in the real world with superpowers,” Leung said while talking with GQ. “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.”
Leung’s upcoming role bears plenty of significance for him. As a child, he was abandoned by his father. And the event left a mark on the actor, so much so that he refused to portray a bad parent previously.
“Someone actually approached me to play the role of a failed father,” Leung added, “but I rejected it because I don’t want to be reminded of how my dad treated me.”
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings debuts in theaters on Sept. 3.
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