Celebrity Drive: Daniel Wu of AMC’s ‘Into the Badlands’

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Fast Stats: Daniel Wu, actor/govt producer, AMC’s “Into the Badlands”
Day by day Driver: 2014 Tesla Mannequin S (Daniel’s ranking: eight.5 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Different vehicles: see under
Favourite street journey: Route 66
Automotive he realized to drive in: 1986 VW Golf
First automotive purchased: 1991 Toyota pickup

Daniel Wu loves vehicles. Touchdown in big-budget films in Hong Kong  helped get the starring function in AMC’s martial arts motion collection “Into the Badlands.” That has allowed him to purchase his desired vehicles on two continents.

Wu nonetheless has just a few vehicles in Hong Kong, the place he nonetheless retains a residence. “I’ve numerous vehicles,” he says. In California, Wu’s every day driver is a 2014 Tesla Mannequin S. He had a Toyota Prius, and the Tesla was his likelihood to strive the expertise of a purely electrical automotive, he says.

“I’m simply fascinated with automotive expertise on the whole, so once they went absolutely electrical, I believed Tesla was the sport changer by way of construct high quality, the mileage you may get on one cost,” Wu says. “The opposite vehicles, just like the Leaf was solely 80 miles (of vary) on it. It was probably not sensible to me. So I believed Tesla was the posh finish of it and having lengthy vary of as much as 300 miles on one cost.”

Wu charges the Tesla an eight.5 out of 10. “It handles nice. The facility’s superb, the torque is superb, all these issues in regards to the electrical automotive. A pair issues I might knock it off for are — if it’s alleged to be a luxurious automotive it ought to be somewhat extra luxurious on the within,” he says. “The leather-based doesn’t really feel as luxurious. They’ll up their sport on that, particularly for the worth level.”

The Tesla is the most important sedan Wu has ever owned. “It’s actually massive, actually broad, it’s like a 7 Collection BMW dimension,” he says. “It doesn’t look that means at first, however whenever you drive it, it feels actually broad.”

2017 Ford Focus RS

Score: eight

Wu lately purchased the Ford Focus RS. “The Ford is extra a toy as a result of it’s somewhat race automotive. That’s extra for satisfying a unique aspect of me,” Wu says. “It’s actually set as much as be somewhat race automotive.”

However Wu says it may be a every day driver as nicely. “It’s docile whenever you need it to be, however then it has a Sport mode, a Monitor mode and a Drift Mode, so whenever you need to get aggressive, you may get into different issues,” he says. “The construct high quality is nice as a result of it’s made in Germany, so the standard is there.”

Wu may’ve chosen an identical trip from one among Ford’s opponents. “However I prefer it as a result of it’s a sleeper automotive. It doesn’t actually seem like a racer automotive like a Mitsibishi Evo X or a Subaru WRX-STI, nevertheless it has the facility of each vehicles. They seem like racer boy vehicles, however this automotive appears like an everyday Ford Focus. It has a physique package on it, nevertheless it’s very refined. I needed a automotive that was quick like these different ones, however didn’t seem like a racer boy automotive.”

A Ford Focus RS is proven right here

The Ford is Wu’s first American automotive moreover the Tesla. “I’ve solely had German vehicles and perhaps a Japanese automotive right here and there in my life,” he says. “It had glowing opinions from “Prime Gear” to “Grand Tour” to Motor Development, who reviewed it gloriously, and it’s the kind of automotive the European market has had for a very long time, however the American market by no means had.”

He says it reminds him of the Mustang’s presence in Europe. “Europeans are shopping for up Mustangs like loopy as a result of they’d by no means had entry to the Mustang earlier than,” Wu says. “They at all times had Ford Focus RS’s in Europe, however they by no means had them in america, so the chance to have somewhat good automotive that you may take out on the winding roads that was a Ford was fascinating to me.”

Wu likes all of the bells and whistles on the Focus RS for the near-$40,000 value. “It’s superb. The torque vectoring differential, AWD, the turbo, the 350 HP, the 350 lb-ft of torque, the Recaro seats, all that stuff is a good worth for cash,” he says.

What’s missing for Wu is that it’s inside may be improved on. “It’s superb for what it’s, nevertheless it’s not an opulent sports activities automotive, if that’s what you’re searching for. However for the worth level, you get what you pay for. So what I’m going to make use of it for is — take it to the monitor, thrash it round. It’s low-cost sufficient that I don’t have to fret about it an excessive amount of. If I received a nicer sports activities automotive, like a German one, I’d be fearful about pushing it on the monitor,” he says, laughing, referring to his house monitor of Sonoma Raceway. “It’s the closest one to me within the Bay. I’m in all probability going to autocross it as nicely.”

1988 Porsche 911

Score: 9

The Porsche 911 was his dad’s and he drives it as soon as per week. His dad purchased it as a retirement current for himself, however just a few years in the past he needed to eliminate it as a result of at 87, he didn’t drive it anymore.

“I stated, ‘Dad, you’ve had it for 25 years, don’t eliminate it.’ So I purchased it. I purchased him a BMW three Collection and a traded it for him. We simply stopped him from driving this yr. I like it. It’s a basic automotive that you may drive each day as a result of it begins each time. In Hong Kong I’ve a 1966 Jaguar E Kind and that factor you by no means know if it’s going to start out,” Wu says, laughing.

Wu factors out the Porsche has no energy steering, no airbags, no ABS. “It’s an old-fashioned race automotive. It solely has 70,000 miles on it and it’s virtually 30 years previous now. It was the ultimate yr earlier than they switched to the 911s which have all of the plastic bumpers and physique.”

2014 Vary Rover Sport

Score: 9

The Vary Rover is the household automotive. “My spouse rides horses, so we’d like an SUV to go to the farm and filth roads and haul the horse trailer,” he says. “We would have liked one which was sensible, however I additionally needed one which dealt with nicely and drove very well, and it actually does drive like a automotive.”

Wu notes there’s been numerous enchancment from the older Vary Rover Sport. “I received it the primary yr this new physique type got here out and since the platform is predicated off the Vary Rover and never the Discovery, it’s received a greater chassis, it handles very well, it’s supercharged, it has tons of energy and it’s sufficiently big and the luxurious aspect of it’s nice,” he says. “The leather-based, the construct high quality on it’s superb.”

A 2014 Vary Rover Sport is proven right here

Automotive he realized to drive in

Wu grew up in Northern California, the place he realized to drive his sister’s handbook 1986 VW Golf, first going to a close-by BART station. “There’s these massive parking tons within the suburbs the place folks park they usually’d take (fast transit) into town, so my dad took me there to be taught and I realized stick first,” he says.

Wu received extra time along with his first automotive, a 1984 BMW 318i. “I received it after I was 15 and a half, earlier than I used to be 16 after I had my allow. My mother and father needed me to get a Volvo 240 as a result of it was protected and I satisfied them to get the BMW as a result of it was cheaper second-hand than the Volvo. I went to a college that was 15 miles away from house, so my mother and father had been bored with driving me to high school each morning,” he says, laughing. “As soon as I used to be capable of drive, they had been like, ‘Yeah, go drive your self to high school.’”

Three months after he received his license, Wu crashed the BMW. “It was moist, I used to be coming house from college, I made a activate a slick street and I slipped right into a ditch,” he recollects. “The rear tire went right into a ditch and it pulled it into the wall that was proper subsequent to it and slammed the again nook.”

He was capable of repair and stored it till midway by means of school. Wu constructed furnishings for folks whereas a scholar on the College of Oregon and wanted a pickup truck. “I received a Toyota pickup so I may haul the furnishings that I used to be constructing,” he says. “I used to be snowboarding so much, so it was excellent for that. They used to name them Tacoma SR5, however after I had it, I believe it was a 1991, it was only a Toyota pickup truck four×four.”

Being in Oregon on the time there was a great deal of trails he took the truck to. “I beat the crap out of it. I went off-roading in it. I simply thrashed it, as a result of I may,” he says, with fun.

Favourite street journey

In the summertime of 2002, Wu rented a convertible with a greatest buddy from highschool to drive Route 66. “Our rule was all the time we couldn’t put the highest up, we needed to preserve it down except it rained. So we got here again actually darkish from that. Driving by means of Arizona and New Mexico with the highest down, it was fairly brutal. “

It had at all times been a dream of his to do that street journey. “It’s just like the American dream, Route 66 is such a basic route. We stayed in actually dumpy crappy motels the entire means,” Wu says. “It was one thing we had been speaking about since highschool that we needed to do and we didn’t do it in school.”

Wu was in Hong Kong and had simply completed a film, whereas his buddy had 10 days off in between jobs, so that they took the entire time that they had collectively to drive Route 66. They began the street journey in Oakland and went so far as Colorado after which turned again going by means of the Southwest, which included Vegas, New Mexico, Arizona and Los Angeles.

He needed to do it the best way many nice street journeys are completed. “We didn’t even actually plan it out, we simply rented the automotive and began driving,” he says.

The street journeys was eye-opening for Wu. “It was fascinating that two Chinese language guys driving by means of southern America, it was type of scary in some unspecified time in the future since you’re both Latino otherwise you’re white down there and there’s no different races,” he laughs. “I’d grown up all my life in California and I’ve solely been actually on the West coast and East coast and I’ve by no means actually been to the center of the nation. Like driving by means of some elements of Colorado can also be bizarre, we’d undergo cities and folks can be taking a look at us.”

For Wu, rising up in a various group just like the Bay Space, even going to varsity was his first expertise on what it was like in the remainder of the nation. “After I first went to Oregon, the primary time I noticed a truck with a gun rack with a gun in it, I used to be like, ‘What? That is actual? Folks really drive round with weapons?’” he says with fun.

AMC’s “Badlands” and Warner Bros.’ “GeoStorm” Oct. 20

Wu stars in AMC’s martial arts drama “Badlands” which is offered on Netflix, and returns on AMC Sundays at 10 p.m. in 2018 for an expanded Season three, with 16 episodes.

“The spotlight of the present is the unbelievable motion that we do, it’s Hong Kong-style martial arts on American tv and the most important feedback are that individuals are blown away by the motion. They’ve by no means seen this sort of motion on TV earlier than,” Wu says.

Wu does 90 p.c of his personal stunts on the present. “I do all of the preventing, I’m not allowed to do the damaging stuff like leaping off buildings. The community doesn’t permit that, however I do all of the preventing,” he says.

The present was shot the primary season in New Orleans, however by Season 2, they moved it to Eire. “We had been very restricted in New Orleans as a result of in every single place you look is simply swamp, swamp and extra swamp, and this can be a present that takes place 200 one thing years sooner or later in a submit apocalyptic derelict, rundown America. Once we went to Eire, we had been capable of make the present far more epic, far more cinematic. So it appears like a really massive film, nevertheless it’s really a TV present. It’s a reasonably enjoyable present. It’s actually enjoyable, it’s bloody and gory,” he says, laughing.

Wu is stars within the Warner Bros. suspense thriller “Geostorm” in theaters at the moment. He’s additionally within the new “Tomb Raider” film out March 2018.

Picture courtesy of Warner Bros. Footage


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