Conquer the city of garlands

FOR For most of his career, Daniel Wu has been relatively well-known for his work in Hong Kong cinema. Despite his initial inability to speak Cantonese, the Chinese-American actor became one of the biggest stars in the industry in the 90s and early 2000s.

Since then, Wu has starred in over 60 feature films to date, many of which have been box office hits, catapulting him to stardom in Asia. In recent years, however, the martial arts actor has expanded his reach in Hollywood. First was her role in the 2012 movie Martial, The man with the iron fists.

And then came the 2018s grave robber and 2021 reminiscence. And of course his hit martial arts show, In the Badlands – where Wu not only played the lead role, but was also the executive producer.

Since the series ended in 2019, Wu has appeared in two new projects, one of which is HBO’s recent hit series, Westworld.

In it, Wu played Jay, the leader of the human rebel group that aims to overthrow the regime of renegade host Charlotte. Speaking with the Sun, Wu talks about his experience filming the show and his character, Jay.

Did you find the Season 4 script confusing?

“No, actually because I’ve been following the show since the first season. I was a fan of the show, to begin with even before I met (co-creator of the show) Lisa Joy. In fact, I had auditioned for the first season and I didn’t get the role.

“But then, right after that, I had In the Badlands. So I couldn’t have done it anyway. But yeah, I’m a big fan of the show. I loved the themes they explored – the idea of ​​artificial intelligence and what it means for our society.

“So when I read the script, I was really excited because I could see what was going on. And what they were trying to do thematically.

Speaking of Lisa Joy, how did she describe the role to you?

“I first met Lisa on the set of reminiscence. She was a fan of my work before. We just had such a great time working on this movie together. I was also in awe of an Asian-American female director with so much intelligence and power leading this ensemble.

“And then she texted me between Reminiscence and season four, and she was like, ‘Hey, you wanna be in Westworld?” I said, yeah, I like being in it Westworld. I love this show. And that’s kind of how this relationship was born.

“And so,” she just told me, “I got this interesting role – it’s the leader of a rebel group of humans who aren’t likely to control the host. And since she was one of the female directors whom I admire very much, I was ready to do whatever she wanted me to do, so it was an easy yes.

Considering you’ve played both a host and a human on the show, which role did you enjoy playing the most?

“Hmm. I don’t know, actually the hosts are interesting, and I think they’re cool. They’re so human, but there are elements that aren’t. So it’s interesting to play to that and sort of choosing what kind of humanity you want to ingest with and what you don’t, that was fun.

“Playing a human in this season is also fun. It’s because there are so few humans in control of their lives, like Jay who is an outlier. He was one of the few characters that wasn’t not controlled by sound waves, so he was an interesting character to play.

How do you then show the different sides of your character without being too broad or obvious to the viewers?

“I think for me it’s a little less profound because I haven’t been on the show for several seasons. And so for me it was really about playing that change from human to host. and show this difference.

“Compared to the other actors who had gone through various transformations over the seasons. So for me, if I have a season five, I think what excites me the most is Jay being the host.

“So, what will he remember from his past? And how different will it be in the future? So basically I’m hoping to delve into those nuances of actually being a host and what it means.

Do you think you would survive Westworld if it existed?

“Oh I don’t know about that. I don’t think I would because what they have to do to survive – like camouflaging and hiding has so many layers. And it’s really hard and I have also a very bad memory.

“Like sometimes I forget to do simple things like turn off the lights. So I might forget to do one thing and then the drone hosts are on me and I’m dead.