Simu Liu Reveals Story Behind Pre-Fame Stock Model Photos…


Following his star appearance in the latest Marvel film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” stock model images of Simu Liu before he became famous have gone viral.

On Friday’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” Liu discussed the photos, in which he acted as a construction worker, Zumba class participant, office worker, and more.

He told host Jimmy Fallon that the assignment was a far cry from the runway’s “international reputation.”

Liu stated that he only worked for one day and was paid a fixed charge of $100.

“They hold the rights to the images they shoot in perpetuity, which is quite important,” Liu continued. “It implies the rights will never expire, which means they will be able to sell these images for millions of dollars and the performer will not receive a thing. So that was my experience.”

It’s a point Liu has made before:

Me laughing at the people who thought we’d flop

— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) September 6, 2021

We always believed in you, @simuliu. And if being a super hero doesn’t work out, our door is always open:

— iStock (@iStock) September 7, 2021

Is the door open to share in the hundreds of thousands of $$ you made off those photos cause I was paid a hundred bucks

— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) September 7, 2021

Liu, on the other hand, handled the resurfacing of the photographs and the memes they spawned in stride. Here’s the link to the video:

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