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Sean Patrick Flanery interview
by Jawad Mir - posted on Oct. 26, 2007
Sean Patrick Flanery

Sean Patrick Flanery played Young Indiana Jones in the 90's TV-series and since then had has landed roles in other series such as CSI, StarGate, The Dead Zone and the cult film The Boondock Saints.

Flanery recently celebrated his 42nd birthday and what better way to celebrate it than having The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which launched his career, come to DVD!


How did you get cast as Young Indy for the tv-series?

Just pretty much like everyone who gets any big job. At the time, I had written a piece for a kids theatre that I wanted to produce. Because of that, I ended up getting an agent who got me a few jobs here and there. And then one day I was told that I had an audition for an upcoming show for a major producer so I went and saw none other than George Lucas. I did many auditions and I mean many. They came down to few before they picked me and it was like winning a lottery.

How did you prepare for the role of Young Indiana Jones?

Well I had seen all the films and I grew up watching them. I am not a big method actor and with Young Indiana Jones, the writers wrote the character and its on the page. How it differentiated a bit is he was the only fictious character in a bunch of stories involving real people. Considering that the scope was from 16-22 years of age, the series was that of a naive boy going through the changes that ultimately created the Harrison Ford version, it gave a bit latitude.

Who was on set of the production from the original films?

Well as you know, Harrison Ford made an appearance in one of the episodes, and Steven Spielberg dropped by in Prague to check out the production and Lucas was actively involved in it.

Which Young Indy episode was the most fun to make?

The most fun to make was Battle of Somme [see Chapter 8: Trenches of Hell] but the favorite one to watch was Battle of Verdun [Chapter 9: Demons of Deception] because it was first time i had worked with art house director and I had doubts during shoots as what's it going to look like and when I saw the final version I was blown away. There are some director that are liniment and don't mind if actors improvise but he was very precise, and nothing was left up to chance and it turned out to be a wonderful wonderful episode.

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Sean Patrick Flanery
with Ronny Coutteure.

On the tv-series you were accompanied by Belgian actor Ronny Coutteure who most unfortunately died in 2000. How was he to work with?

He was a killer and super nice guy. He didn't speak the best english in the world but with his style and antics he made all of us laugh.

Do you wish you could do the character again or revisit the character if it were to happen?

If he did fruit loops commercial I would do it. I had a wonderful relationship with George Lucas, I would do an episode of Blue's Clues if he wanted me to.

Which is your favorite Indiana Jones film?

Definitely Raiders of the Lost Ark. Because it was something new at the time, unlike anything ever seen and it was like a 90 min. version of the exciting parts of the movies that you love.

Are you happy to see the series made it onto DVD?

I am very glad to see it finally on DVD. The series really opened lots of doors and whatever I have now is a direct result of Young Indiana Jones. If it wasn't for the TV series, I wouldn't be where I am now. It's something that I am very proud of, and one of those jobs that you can look back on and show your kids one day.

Have you had a chance to look at The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones DVD Collection? If so, what are your thoughts about them and the horde of special features rivaling the Lord of the Rings collection? Are you surprised at the results?

i haven't seen it but I have hard that the extra features include documentary information on the real happenings, which parallel each episode and I am super exited to see it.

Are you looking forward to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?



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