Simu Liu shared his thoughts on the abrupt final season of the popular Korean-Canadian family comedy. Kim’s convenience.
On Wednesday, when the last season dropped on Netflix, the Shang-chi Star wrote a lengthy Facebook post detailing her feelings, opinions, and frustrations with the producer and showrunner’s decisions to end the series. Liu, who previously expressed disappointment at the incomplete stories of his character, Jung; He said he was frustrated by the lack of information that he and his co-stars had on the series.
“I always understood that the lead actors were the stewards of the character, and would grow to have a more creative vision as the show progressed,” he wrote. “This was not the case on our show, which was doubly confusing because our producers were overwhelmingly white and we were a cast of Asian Canadians who had a plethora of lived experiences to tap into and offer writers. But we were often told of the plans for the upcoming seasons just a few days before we started shooting … we were deliberately not given much leeway. Imagine my disappointment year after year knowing that Jung was stuck in Handy and was in absolutely no rush to improve himself in any way. “
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Liu continued, “More importantly, the characters never seemed to grow up. I can appreciate that the show is still a success and that many people enjoy it … but I remain obsessed with the missed opportunities to showcase Asian characters with real depth and the ability to grow and evolve. “
In his role, he also co-created showrunner Ins Choi for not doing “enough to be a champion” of diverse television talent. Liu said that by leaving the series, Choi did not leave behind a protégé, “Padawan trainee,” or another Korean showrunner who could have filled his shoes. The actor wrote that he and others reached out to Choi for comment and tutoring, in an attempt to get more involved in the writing, thinking that “people would naturally be inclined to help.”
“Wow, I was wrong here,” he wrote. “I was not the only one who tried. Many of us in the cast were trained screenwriters with thoughts and ideas that only got more seasoned over time. But those doors were never meaningfully opened to us. “
Choi’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Just two weeks later Kim’s convenience producers announced the final season, CBC released a From Kim spinoff series starring Nichole Power.
“It has been difficult for me. I love and am proud of Nicole, and I want the show to be a success for her … but I still resent all the circumstances that led to a non-Asian character getting her own show, ”he said.
Power, whose Shannon Ross shared a relationship with Jung de Liu, was one of the few non-Asian cast members on the original series. Although Ross and Jung shared a close friendship, Liu said that he will “steadfastly refuse to reprise my role in any capacity.”
See Liu’s full Facebook post below.