The 32-year-old Chinese-Canadian, who plays the titular character in the Asian-led superhero movie, has been accused of insulting China after pro-China online forum Diba shared screenshots of a video interview Simu did for the 150th anniversary of Canada in 2017.
In the interview, the Harbin-born Simu recalled how his parents would tell him about the living conditions when they were in China.
"When I was young, my parents would tell me these stories about growing up in communist China. They lived in the third world where you have people dying of starvation. And they felt that Canada is a place where they can live freely and give their child a better future,” recounted Simu, who moved to Canada with his parents when he was five.