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
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.
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
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
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?