Known for his two-decade acting portfolio that consists of over 70 films, Wu refuses to reduce his entire acting career to just being a martial arts actor. “It’s hard to leave this stereotype behind. Kung fu has given me a lot, but I think that reducing my entire acting career to just that is too one dimensional.”
He adds motorsport as another component to his three-dimensionality. He has a racing license issued by the IMSA and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), which has allowed him to compete in various races, some on his favourite racecourse, the Laguna Seca raceway near San Francisco Bay.
Wu has suitable sports equipment in his garage at home, including two Porsche 911 models - Cassis Red Carrera G series, and the 2018 Carmine Red 911 GT3 (991) Touring. “The two of them are my yin and yang, old and new, on four wheels – for the road and the racecourse.
Wu’s father acquired the Carrera when he retired. “Dad had never owned a sports car and wasn’t all that interested in cars,” says Wu. “I can remember the evening he showed up in my room all excited and told me that he was going to buy a Porsche and that I could choose the colour.”
Even though it was more than 30 years ago, he can vividly remember seeing it for the first time. “I was at school and couldn’t sit still because I knew that my dad would be picking me up in the Porsche for the first time. I told all of my classmates. When they saw the car, they all made fun of me, saying ‘Your dad bought a pink Porsche!’” Wu remembers being really upset. But he was still proud of the fact that he had chosen such a rare color. “And Cassis Red is now more in style than ever before.”
Whenever Daniel Wu drives the car, he always thinks about his father, who has Alzheimer’s. “A terrible disease. I visit him as often as possible. Unfortunately, his dementia is pretty far advanced, but he always remembers his 3.2-liter Carrera. The car immediately brings back good memories for him whenever he sees it.”
His son took over the car ten years ago. “My dad was almost 80 years old. It was noticeably harder for him to work the steering wheel and sporty clutch. The Coupé had more than 100,000 on it – and still had that new-car smell.”
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