[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Westworld, Season 4 Episode 6, “Fidelity.”]
Daniel Wu is no stranger to bizarre genre tales — the veteran actor has been functioning constantly above the earlier few many years on a combine of Hong Kong and American productions, notably starring in the bonkers AMC martial arts drama Into the Badlands for 3 seasons. Therefore, he was more than ready to acquire on a substantial part in Season 4 of Westworld, taking part in Jay, the leader of a group of human “outliers” who are scrambling for survival in a globe now controlled by the robotic “hosts.”
As Wu clarifies to Consequence by means of Zoom, there was no query of him turning down the position, when Westworld co-creator Lisa Pleasure questioned him about it after the two of them worked with each other on her directorial debut, the 2021 movie Reminiscence. “I’m a big admirer of the present to get started with,” he suggests. “And so it was a good possibility for me. I stated yes with out even figuring out what the character was going to be.”
Wu’s time as the human model of Jay arrived to a close with Episode 6 of the period, soon after acquiring murdered by a host duplicate of himself. Of training course, he also performs his host duplicate, who goes on to assault his longtime ally C (Aurora Perrineau) right before a knife to the head from a just-revived Maeve (Thandiwe Newton) stops him. But, as he reveals in the down below job interview, transcribed and edited for clarity, that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of his time with the exhibit. He also reveals how that knife stunt was accomplished working with sensible results, and why he and Newton have a distinctive link across projects…
Initial off, just big congratulations on obtaining to get murdered by Thandiwe Newton. That feels like a daily life target appropriate there.
Once again, truly! In Reminiscence, I get killed by her as effectively. I was joking with Lisa Joy, I said, “This really should be a topic — that all the things we work on collectively has me and Thandiwe, and she kills me.”
I was guessing that just one connects to the other, but was Westworld happening first or did Reminiscence happen initially?
So yeah, I did Reminiscence initially — I consider they shot that in the hiatus involving Seasons 3 and 4. So I bought to know Lisa Pleasure by way of that experience and I actually just cherished working with her, her and Jonah [Nolan]. They’re each good people.
And with Lisa, there was a bond there due to the fact she’s Asian-American and I’m Asian-American. There was so significantly commonality there. I’ve worked on numerous projects in Asia with Chinese administrators or Hong Kong directors, and I’ve worked on several jobs right here with American directors, but I have by no means labored on a task the place the director was the similar background as me. A Hong Kong director doesn’t have the exact same knowledge as me developing up in America, but she did. She had a tiger mother, and I variety of experienced a tiger mom — we had all these amazing collective ordeals that we could vent about.
So we truly bonded on Reminiscence. I had a actually fun time working with that team of folks. And when Season 4 came all around, she just texted me and goes, “Hey, do you wanna function on Westworld?” I go, “Hell yeah.”
When you did in fact get some facts, how a great deal ended up you advised about your character?
I suggest, I was not instructed a lot. I was explained to I was a human, I was aspect of a resistance that was against the hosts and that this timeline, or this year, would be a a little various force ahead in advance from the earlier seasons, so we’re working with some new figures, but also with more mature people who’ve been variety of rebooted in some way. So I realized a pretty tough thought, but I experienced no notion that my character was going to turn into a host right up until probably about halfway via filming it. Which is the glory of functioning on tv, you in no way know what’s going to happen to your character arc until finally you are in it, you know?