Simu Liu Called Greta Gerwig’s Barbie ‘Weird’, Revealed His Agent Would Get Fired If It Didn’t Turn Out Well

Simu Liu Called Greta Gerwig's Barbie 'Weird', Revealed His Agent Would Get Fired If It Didn't Turn Out Well
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There’s always a 50-50 chance that a film will either make or break an actor’s career; it’ll either be the most exquisite job he’s undertaken or it’ll end up putting a big, bad dent in his resume, there’s no in between, for the most part at least. With Simu Liu, it was the former when Greta Gerwig’s script for Barbie came knocking on his door like an opportunity of a lifetime. In fact, it was such an exceptionally unmissable project that the actor’s agent put his job on the line just to get him to be a part of the film. And you know a movie is going to be an absolute banger when someone is willing to risk their employment for it.

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How Simu Liu’s Agent Convinced Him to Star in Barbie

Before Simu Liu got his hands on the script of the film that caused a global shortage of the color pink, he practically knew nothing about the intricacies of the Greta Gerwig-helmed project. In fact, when the Canadian actor agreed to audition for the part, he went in blind on the sole basis of a junior agent’s hype about the script and readiness to gamble with his own job.

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“First of all, before I read the script, I had an agent, that was like, ‘You need to do Barbie.’ Bascially, he was like, ‘Fire me, if this movie doesn’t turn out well.’ And I was like, ‘Okay dude!'” 

Once the Shang-Chi star read the script, however, he knew he couldn’t possibly turn down an opportunity that sublime, so much so that Liu eulogized it as probably “the best script” he’s ever had the pleasure of reading. And well, the rest is history.

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Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is ‘Weird in the Best Way Possible’

If Liu had to use one word to describe his experience of being in the Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling starrer, it would be “weird” or “bonkers” or “wild”, or any other adjective that expresses a state of pure euphoria and bliss.

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“It is absolutely bonkers and it’s absolutely weird, and it’s fun, and it’s you know, heartfelt, and all of the things.”

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In a recent interview with GQ UK, the 34-year-old further expressed his uncontainable delight about the forthcoming spectacle and how it’s a riveting and “unique experience” like no other. “I wish I could just show you what we do day to day because it’s crazy,” he said.

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And Liu isn’t the only one who’s having a difficult time putting a latch on his enthusiasm, all his co-stars are just as thrilled about the film as he is. Hell, the entire world is burning with impatience with the frenzy of excitement that Gerwig’s movie has sparked. But luckily enough, the agonizing wait will soon come to an end with Barbie hitting cinemas on July 21, 2023.

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