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Shang-Chi Star Simu Liu Shares the Story Behind His Viral Stock Photos

Liu discussed the pictures for which he dressed as a construction worker, Zumba class participant, office worker, and more. (Credits: Twitter/@SimuLiu)

Liu discussed the pictures for which he dressed as a construction worker, Zumba class participant, office worker, and more. (Credits: Twitter/@SimuLiu)

Companies, according to Liu, hold the copyright to the pictures they shoot in perpetuity.

Simu Liu, the star of Marvel's new blockbuster Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has received excellent reviews all around the world since the film's premiere. However, the actor has recently been in the headlinefor different reasons. A stock photo of Liu has been making the rounds on the internet, and the actor has lately spoken up about the story behind that.

On Friday's edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Liu discussed the pictures for which he dressed as a construction worker, Zumba class participant, office worker, and more. He told the host that if someone is a great model, they are paid thousands of dollars, they can walk the runway, have a lot of worldwide reputation, and all that kind of things. However, if someone is a stock model, they are usually paid a basic rate. Liu remembers working for a single day and earning a one-time charge of $100.

According to presenter Jimmy, the job was a far cry from the "international grandeur" of the runway. Companies, according to Liu, hold the copyright to the pictures they shoot in perpetuity. Liu went on to explain that owning the rights implies that the permissions never expire and that the businesses may sell these images and make millions of dollars off them while the artist receives nothing. That's what happened to him as well.

The 32-year-old actor shared the viral photo on his Twitter account stating the same point on September 6.

https://twitter.com/SimuLiu/status/1435001520660127751

In response, iStock, the business that owns the rights to the images, said that they've always had faith in Liu, and if becoming a superhero isn't for him, then their door is always open.

https://twitter.com/iStock/status/1435379571210268672

Liu immediately retorted and asked if the company is going to pay him the profit that they have earned with his photos.

https://twitter.com/SimuLiu/status/1435379908667187205

Well, this banter is surely a delight for the fans.

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first published:September 13, 2021, 17:12 IST