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Tony Leung does not approach "Shang-Chi" antagonist Wenwu as a villain

Writer: Heidi Hsia

Legendary Hong Kong screen icon Tony Leung is Wenwu
Legendary Hong Kong screen icon Tony Leung is Wenwu

23 Aug – Despite playing the villain in Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings", Hong Kong star Tony Leung stated that he didn't approach his character as a villain at all.

In an interview to promote the movie recently, Tony, who plays Wenwu, Shang-Chi's father and the leader of the Ten Rings organisation, stated that Marvel came to him wanting him to create a brand new version of the comic supervillain Mandarin.

"I got to develop my character along with the filming. I've never approached Wenwu from a villain's standpoint. Rather, I tried to explore the reasons that led him to become who he is," Tony said. "He's a man with a history, who craves to be loved. He is also human, and he has a family."


Wenwu with his young son, Shang-Chi

 


The adult Shang-Chi does not want to follow in his father's footsteps

Tony stated that he began to consider the many reasons why Wenwu became a sociopath and a narcissist as he read the script, and decided to view him more as a human being instead of a villain.

"Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings" is set for a worldwide release on 3 September 2021.


Shang-Chi, I am your father

 


Shang-Chi is played by Simu Liu

 


Also part of the cast is Michelle Yeoh
Cinema Online, 23 August 2021

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