The dramatic transformations of superheroes is a hallmark of actors playing them.   

“Ten years ago, I was led into the office of Deloitte’s managing partner and informed that my employment would be terminated immediately.” Simu Liu, a.k.a. Marvel’s Shang Chi wrote the following Instagram post on April 12, 2018. A lady from HR and security escorted my back to the ground in front the whole open-concept office. You could almost hear the pin dropping. It was so quiet that nobody moved. “I fought back my humiliation and grabbed my belongings, never looking back.”

The post itself was a screenshot of one of his social media messages that said, “I owe my life to being let go from a career I hated. Accounting = Not for Me

Liu was distraught at the moment of the layoff. He said, “I thought that my life was done ten years ago.” I had wasted the time and money my family invested in me. I spent years of education, participating in gifted programs and trying to live up my parents’ expectations. “It all fell apart in an instant.”