First Look for Mark Wahlberg and Simu Liu on the set of ‘Arthur the King’ revealed. Arthur the King follows Lindnord, captain of a Swedish adventure racing team who met and befriended a wounded stray dog during a 400-mile race through the Ecuadoran jungle where they crossed rivers and battled illness and injury through some of the world’s toughest terrain. Wahlberg will play the Swedish adventurer, while Liu will play the role of Liam. The other cast includes Ali Suliman and Rob Collins and the film was directed by Simon Cellan Jones.
According to Indiewire, Simu Liu went on social media to defend his impending part alongside Mark Wahlberg in “Arthur the King.” After Wahlberg’s casting was announced last week, Liu deleted old Twitter posts criticizing Wahlberg for an event in 1988 in which he was convicted of beating two Vietnamese men. Fans called Liu a hypocrite for working with Wahlberg, and Liu responded with an Instagram post explaining why he did it. Read Below:
“I deleted a couple of tweets I made regarding the past actions of one of my costars as a gesture of professionalism and to open to door to progressive conversations and (hopefully) positive change,” Liu wrote. “Obviously it’d be pretty weird to go to work with that tweet still up. I meant what I said in the moment; I was very angry hearing about what happened. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think there’s room to grow and work together to find an opportunity to educate and do some good, which I’m excited to do in addition to shooting the movie. Progressive discussion will lead to dialogue, and dialogue will lead to action.”
Liu’s since-deleted 2018 post about Wahlberg was a reaction to Wahlberg requesting a pardon in 2014 for the 1988 crime. Simu Liu posted at the time, “Let me get this straight, Mark Wahlberg beat a helpless Vietnamese man with a stick until he passed out when he was 16 and is attempting to get the courts to grant him an official pardon on the basis that he’s ‘turned his life around?”