Wondercon 2018: INTO THE BADLANDS’ Daniel Wu’s Unpopular Opinion of Chuck Norris

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Chuck Norris is not just a meme.

Chuck Norris is not just part of a funny catchphrase.

Chuck Norris is an 80’s action film legend.

Helming films such as Good Guys Wear Black, The Delta Force, Code of Silence, and the tv series Walker Texas Ranger, Norris was the quintessential All American kick ass protagonist of the times. His style differed from Stallone or Schwarzenegger’s as they were more street brawlers than martial artists. Norris, along with  Jean Claude Van Damme appeared to be made as an american counterpart to asian action stars such as Bruce Lee, and Jackie Chan.

During their press conference ahead of the premiere of Into the Badlands Season 3, Wu was asked what style of Kung Fu him and the fight team are influenced by when constructing action scenes. Bruce Lee, and Jet Li were presented as examples for Wu to elaborate on;

“I’m kind of more in that realm where it’s mostly asians. I’m not really a Chuck Norris fan, or Van Damme or that kind of stuff, that era. I grew up in that era, you know the 80s, martial arts American films, but really what got my imagination going is the Wuxia, Chinese films. I think that’s the heavier influence on our show than the American style. Mostly Chinese, maybe Japanese Samurai stuff.”

Eh, well you know what? Norris has sounded off with many problematic statements that only frames him as a bigot. The internet has had a large hand in exposing the true views and practices of those we may have idolized during our childhood. So Mr. Wu, whatever your reason is for not being a Chuck Norris fan, I can get behind it.

Season three of “Into the Badlands” finds Sunny (Wu) living off the grid, doing his best to provide for his infant son, Henry, in the wake of Veil’s death. It is only when Henry contracts a mysterious illness that Sunny must join forces with Bajie (Frost) and journey back into the Badlands, where The Widow (Beecham) and Baron Chau (Eleanor Matsuura) are entrenched in a drawn-out war that has destabilized the entire region.  No longer supported by Tilda (Ioannides) or Waldo (Stephen Lang), The Widow must find new allies in Lydia (Brady) and in Nathaniel Moon (Augustus) — the former regent who lost his hand to Sunny and Bajie in Season 2.  But when a mysterious nomadic leader called Pilgrim (Ceesay) arrives in the Badlands on a mission to restore Azra and usher in a new era of “peace,” old enemies must band together to defend the Badlands.

Season three of the post-apocalyptic, visually stunning drama will return Sunday, April 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PTSeason 2 is available on Netflix now.

For now check out the trailer that was premiered during today’s Wondercon panel.


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