Daniel Wu, star of Tomb Raider and Into the Badlands, stuck around to answer a few more of our questions about the AMC series. He talked with us about the new season’s stunts, the evolution of his character, and working with the comedy veteran, Nick Frost.
When we asked if there were any particular stunts and/or sequences that we should look out for in season three, Wu mentioned the fight between Moon and Widow, which was released in the trailer during the Badlands panel,”That fight was REALLY crazy to pull off, because there was this tower on top of this mountain, crazy winds, we had like a 150-foot crane doing wires over them. So it was just like this crazy amount of orchestration to get that scene done.” Wu added that the scene was incredibly dangerous, but was happy that it paid off, “the impact of that scene is amazing, and to have it in the first episode – one of the first fights – kind of sets the tone for the whole season.”
But, it’s not all flashy wire-fights, Wu said, going on to discuss a sequence with his character which he described as raw and intimate, “it kind of shows where Sunny is at that point, it helps build that character from where he is at this point in the story.”
On the subject of Sunny’s evolution, we asked Wu how the events of the previous season have affected the character as well as how he approached the role differently, to which he said, “from a physical standpoint, he definitely at a low, he’s much more rugged and just ripped up and beat up than before; he’s depressed, he’s kind of an alcoholic, he’s been drinking.”
He went on to say, “Henry is really the driving force for everything for him,” which is why he is trying to get his world back together from his current state, a task which Wu says tests the idea of “can you control your own fate?” He also said that they tried to build these new character developments into the fights, “he starts off at this very simple, raw, really basic fight that turns into craziness by the end.”
We finished off with a lighter note by asking Wu if working with comedic veteran Nick Frost has resulted in any show-stopping laughing fits, to which he said, “yeah, all the time, on a daily basis, wether it’s ad-libbing or just saying a line in a totally off way, or he’ll mess with you right before the take starts.” He also added that working with Frost “makes the hard work fun.”
To see the growth of Wu’s character on Into The Badlands, check out the season premier, April 22 @10pm on AMC.