Two Munich Characters in Hollywood

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The head is slightly bowed. A dark pair of eyes, framed by wide, hulking shoulders, with a penetrating stare boring into the camera. It is Marvel Studios’ newest villain Razor Fist, played by Florian Munteanu. In Marvel Studios’ new movie “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings”, the Munich native plays the character of Razor Fist, whose right arm takes the form of a razor-sharp blade. There is also another Munich native that can be seen in the film: the new BMW iX3.

4 October 2021

Florian Munteanu has made an incredible transition from boxer to international actor over the past ten years. In the latest Marvel Studios movie “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings”, he proves his acting skills in the role of Razor Fist. We invited Munteanu to the BMW Welt to find out more about his career, the role of Razor Fist, and the unusual BMW iX3 he drives. Watch the video interview here:

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The film stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront a past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious “Ten Rings” organization. His seemingly normal life in San Francisco is turned upside down when a fight between himself and a group of unknown assailants breaks out unexpectedly on a bus. It is in this exact action scene that Munteanu makes his first appearance as Razor Fist. Shang-Chi defends himself against several opponents simultaneously and, just when he seems to be gaining an upper hand, the quiet colossus Razor Fist stands up, revealing his imposing stature and taking up all the space in the room.

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Two striking figures: Florian Munteanu as Razor Fist and his BMW iX3 in action.
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A Striking Figure

In the movie, Razor Fist is a member of the mysterious “Ten Rings” organization headed by Shang-Chi’s father Wenwu (played by Tony Leung). Razor Fist stands out in many ways. His appearance alone – at least one head taller and twice as wide – truly sets him apart. His car of choice is a fully electric BMW iX3 emblazoned with its own eye-catching artwork.

Razor Fist’s eye-popping BMW iX3 is presented with Frozen Grey Metallic paintwork featuring quirky elements in striking colors. The grille incorporates bright blue teeth that make the typical BMW look even more striking. The hood bears Razor Fist’s logo: an oversize blade with a hilt formed of a clenched fist. The side is emblazoned with his name in graffiti colored in a gradient of blue and orange tones.

Razor Fist seems to share many characteristics with his car: athleticism, strength and a composed yet imposing presence. The film lets his BMW iX3 shows its skills in an adrenaline-fueled escape. After evading enemy vehicles and motorbikes, it can be seen accelerating to top speed through a labyrinthine, living forest which threatens to consume the heroes. In short, the BMW iX3 offers a beyond-exciting team-up for this latest Marvel Studios movie (➜ Read more about BMW’s previous Marvel Studios collaboration here: “Black Widow” Stunts: BMW in the Starring Role).

Marvel Studios breaks new ground with “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings”, releasing its first Asian-led Super Hero-origin movie. Similarly, the production behind the BMW iX3 that appears in the film is groundbreaking in its own way, too. Developed and designed in Munich, it is the first fully electric BMW to be built in Shenyang, China for the global market.

Growing Up Together

Munteanu, who describes himself as a “Bavarian through and through”, grew up with the BMW brand. He spent his childhood right next to the BMW Welt center and his parents always drove a BMW – a tradition that he has continued in his adulthood. His choice of vehicle is not the only thing that blurs the lines between real life and the movie. Munteanu, who is described as the “giant Romanian with the razor-blade arm” in the film, really does have Romanian roots and was introduced to the world of martial arts by his father at a young age.

At the age of 11, he boxed in his first amateur fight, with the sport soon going on to become his life’s focus. Once he had graduated high school, Munteanu set himself a new goal: becoming an actor. After completing a degree in media studies, he got all balls rolling to try and achieve this – until one day Sylvester Stallone Skyped him with an offer for the role of Drago in “Creed II – Rocky’s Legacy”. That was back in 2018. Munteanu has since been continuously working toward expanding his acting repertoire. As for what’s next for the 31-year-old, he prefers to let his actions speak for themselves. Nevertheless, he can reveal this much: “I have huge plans for the future.”

Author: Jelena Pecic; Photos: Ramon Haindl; Video: Ramon Haindl; Edit: Linda Deutsch

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