I Thought Seppuku Was a Japanese Thing

I Thought Seppuku Was a Japanese Thing

Shang Chi star Simu Liu had this to say to his boss on Instagram.

“We are not an ‘interesting experiment, we are the underdog; the underestimated. We are the ceiling-breakers. We are the celebration of culture and joy that will persevere after an embattled year. We are the surprise, I’m fired the fuck up to make history on September 3rd; JOIN US.”

This is clearly a response to Bob Chapek’s Q3 earning’s call statement with regards to Shang Chi’s release date.  Also, vaguely hinting your boss is a racist is not the kind of thing a nobody like Simu Liu does to one of the most powerful men in his industry.

But he went and did it. 

There are few little tidbits of intel to mined from his statement. 

First, somebody wrote this statement for him because a quick scan of his past musings shows that this is not his prose.  He’s an actor, not a writer.

Second, he has to have been privately assured that he will have another high-level job after Shang Chi augers in. He knows that, barring a miracle, his film is going to bomb.  He also knows you don’t get mouthy with your boss in Hollywood and get another job at that studio.

So, who made him that promise? Liu knows that Kevin Feige can’t do that, not if the CEO of the company says, “Nope, not him. Cast someone else.”

Do you remember what I said the other day about CAA chairman Bryan Lourd having thrown his support behind Iger and Feige’s anti-Chapek faction?  Guess who reps Simu Liu? 

If you guessed CAA give yourself a high-five.

CAA has already landed Johansson a prime role in Wes Anderson’s next Oscar-bait project opposite Tom Hanks. 

The Hollywood trade papers are backing the anti-Chapek faction.  I strongly suspect you will see more and more of these kinds of stories slamming Bob Chapek as an accountant who doesn’t get Hollywood and has no business sitting in Walt Disney’s chair.  And the stories will become more and more shrill as the end of the year approaches.  Desperately trying to create a narrative that will convince the board of directors to remove Chapek and put Iger back in charge.

I can’t guarantee they won’t succeed but it looks unlikely to me.

The institutional investors don’t read Variety, they read spreadsheets and the Q3 earnings report showed a profit for the first time since Q1 of 2020. That was all Chapek’s doing.  He owns that.

Emily Blunt is no longer considering a lawsuit because she got very, very quietly paid.

Emma Stone stopped grousing the moment Disney announced Cruella 2, (okay, what the fuck kind of sequel is that going to be?  They already made the sequel; it’s called 101 Dalmatians).

In case you are curious, no, neither of them is repped by CAA.  Blunt is represented by Anthem and Stone is signed with Endeavor.  Which means the second and third biggest talent agencies are sitting this one out.  Their view apparently being if Bryan Lourd wants to yeet his way out of Hollywood that’s his business.

And that is very likely what is going to happen if Bob Chapek is still standing come January. Bob Iger will have been elevated out of being Chairman of the Board into emeritus status, joining Michael Eisner at his window seat.

At that point, Chapek will call CAA and inform them that, ‘if Bryan Lourd is still working there by the end this phone call then Disney will cut all ties to CAA.’ 

I’m not saying that Chapek is guaranteed a win, but I am saying that right now, the moneymen still have his back.


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Comments (13)

  • Chris Lopes Reply

    Exactly what ceiling is this actor breaking? Granted, we’ve never had an Asian American star in a 100 million dollar bomb before, but that’s hardly an achievement.

    August 17, 2021 at 12:32 am
    • jorgen b Reply

      The ceiling for Asian men that Asians in Asia say are too ugly to be the lead in a cheesy American kungfu movie.

      August 19, 2021 at 12:52 am
  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    what’s most hilarious is that Hollywood was multicultural and feminist pre-ww2. we had cubans and mexicans and blacks ( Paul Robeson ) and Asians and even a kid from India back in the day. there are NO ceilings to “break” there

    unless you want on stage child molesting or something.
    speaking of which, many people wonder why ((( Robert Zimmerman ))) was purported to be a great talent. well, wonder no longer:

    August 17, 2021 at 1:06 am
    • Cloudbuster Reply

      It sure seems like these things crop up disproportionately often with the parentheses people.

      August 17, 2021 at 2:30 pm
  • Dave W. Reply

    This shitshow is better entertainment than anything on Disney+

    August 17, 2021 at 1:44 am
    • Sanders Reply


      August 17, 2021 at 11:38 am
  • Cloudbuster Reply

    “We are the ceiling-breakers.”

    When your people are in control of the most populous nation and one of the most powerful on the face of the Earth, which has its own successful film industry, exactly what ceilings are you breaking? Are you doing something Jet Li, Chow Yun Fat and Jackie Chan haven’t already done?

    August 17, 2021 at 2:29 pm
    • Chris Lopes Reply

      Or Bruce Lee before them all.

      August 17, 2021 at 8:12 pm
  • Chief_Tuscaloosa Reply

    If there’s a scenario where both Chapek and Lourd can both lose, I’d love to read about it.

    August 17, 2021 at 4:55 pm
    • Talos Valcoran Reply

      The Accountant wins, the Head Talent is exiled.

      The Accountant, lacking all creativity, drives the hollowed-out corpse of Disney into the ground as consoomers drift away from impossible price points.

      All is well.

      August 19, 2021 at 1:11 am
  • MrUNIVAC Reply

    Not a great look, especially if Chapek is the one behind the “Hollywood must pivot away from China” sentiment as our host has asserted.

    August 17, 2021 at 6:08 pm
    • furor kek tonicus ( Whipper Snapping Egg Suckers is my band name ) Reply

      Chapek doesn’t have any choice about pivoting away from China;
      pretty much all Disney releases since Mulan have either been overt attempts at pandering to China ( like Shang Chi itself )
      have made blatant editing decisions in order to attempt to mitigate Woke in order to not offend Chinese cultural or Censor considerations, such as minimizing the black guy on the Palpatine Rising poster or excising the lesbian kiss.
      the response from China has been the outright censoring or banning of multiple Disney movies, such that they cannot even view China as a viable market of any significance.
      thus the inevitable decision that there’s no point in marketing to China at all.

      August 18, 2021 at 4:44 am
  • SG@OurOwnGood Reply

    Wes Anderson, Scarlet Johansson, Tom Hanks. Oscar-bait? That’s mighty white of you.

    August 19, 2021 at 11:25 am

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