IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sean Patrick Flanery Talks 'InSight' and 'The Boondock Saints' TV Series

Friday, 02 September 2011 10:56 Written by  Jami Philbrick
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IAR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sean Patrick Flanery Talks 'InSight' and 'The Boondock Saints' TV Series

Actor Sean Patrick Flanery began his career in the early ‘90s playing a young Indiana Jones on TV in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Since then the actor has gone on to have a successful career on the silver screen in such popular films as Powder, Suicide Kings, Simply Irresistible, and Saw 3D. But Flanery is probably best known by fans for his role as Connor MacManus in The Boondock Saints, and The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. Now the actor returns to the screen in a new thriller called InSight, which opens in theaters on September 2nd.

In the new film Flanery plays Det. Peter Rafferty, an L.A. cop investigating the murder of Allison Parks. When a freak accident causes Kaitlyn (Justified’s Natalie Zea), an ER nurse to retain all of Allison’s memories, she takes it upon herself to solve the girl’s murder with the reluctant help of Det. Rafferty. The film is director by Richard Gabai (American Black Beauty) and stars an excellent cast that also includes Adam Baldwin (Chuck, FireflySerenity), Thomas Ian Nichols (American Pie, Rookie of the Year), Max Perlich (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Daniel Roebuck (Lost, The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals), Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Ed Wood), Veronica Cartwright (The Birds, Alien, The Witches of Eastwick)and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger RabbitTaxi).

I recently had a chance to speak with Sean Patrick Flanery about his new film InSight. The actor and I spoke in length about the new film, its intricate plot, his character, collaborating with director Richard Gabai, his regret over not sharing a scene with Christopher Lloyd, and the future of The Boondock Saints franchise, which just might include an upcoming TV series starring the original cast. Here is what the actor had to say:

To start with, InSight has kind of a film noir feel to it, was that what the filmmakers were going for from the beginning of production?

Sean Patrick Flanery: Yeah exactly, you know from reading the script when we shot it that was kind of the idea.

You shot the movie in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles; do you think that helped establish the mood and tone for the film?

Flanery: Well sure. I mean there are so many un-cast places in L.A. for whatever reason people usually don't film in. But a lot of those areas I mean they're unrecognizable as Los Angeles. It's a great escape. It gives it a different look and feel. As an actor even the architecture and everything else gives you something completely different to play off of and put yourself in a really different environment.


Christopher Lloyd said in an interview that the film is a real “who done it?” When you first read the script what was your initial reaction? Were you surprised by the plot’s twists and turns?

Flanery: In reading the script you know I mean I'm a viewer the first time I read the script. I was intrigued from the opening scene. I think the concept is really engaging; it's intriguing, it definitely keeps you glued to your seat because instead of a “who done it?” where you know it's one specific person, it's a little bit more cerebral than that. Like you're not even sure what exactly happens. It's a wonderful story in that regard. For the opening scene, conceptually bringing you through electricity into somebody else's reality, I think it's a wonderful way to launch into a story. It's very fresh, it's something that's never been done before and I absolutely loved it. I love all aspects of the script. Sometimes you do a script because you love the characters, sometimes you do a script because you love the director, and sometimes you do a script because you love the overall script. I like my character very much, but I loved the script first and foremost, the entire story.

Can you talk about the first time you met with director Richard Gabai to discuss the movie, what did he tell you about his vision and plan for the film that made you decide that you had to be a part of this project?

Flanery: Really, it started with the script. You know you read a script like that and you know, as anybody in Hollywood will tell you, ninety-nine percent of all the scripts you read are complete crap. So just the fact that that wasn't, you know, it was a good script. You know I put one foot on board as the train was leaving anyway. Richard's a great dude. We're like-minded individuals, we think alike on a lot of different issues including all aspects of the film. He was a wonderful guy to direct the film and to steer it in the direction it needed to go.


What can you tell me about your character, Det. Peter Rafferty and his relationship with Natalie Zea’s Kaitlyn?

Flanery: Well, he's the audience. Peter is the audience. He's uncovering this for the first time just like the audience is and so everything that baffles the audience completely baffles Peter. I think he's literally the conscience of the entire picture. Whereas Natalie is the reality, it's what's happening to her. The audience, it's not happening to them, so they're all seeing it through Peter's eyes.

Is he reluctant to believe her at first and if so, what happens to change his mind?

Flanery: Without telling anybody anything you got to watch the film and make your own decision. Myself as an individual, (I think) Peter comes into it and he's hearing some fairly bizarre things. Every time he uncovers something, he can either solidify that fact, that it's complete crap or sometimes he uncovers something that takes him in a different direction.


The film has a great cast, did you get to work with all the actors or are most of your scenes just with Natalie?

Flanery: You know unfortunately the biggest bummer is I didn't get to work with Christopher Lloyd. I would have loved to have done a scene with him. I did get an opportunity to meet him on the set. He's a really, really cool dude. To be in a film with him was kind of cool. Unfortunately I didn't get to do any scenes with him so that was kind of a bummer.

Finally, Boondock Saints director Troy Duffy recently said that instead of a third film there might be a TV series starring both you and Norman Reedus in the works instead. Is that anything you can talk about?

Flanery: I haven't heard anything about it. Troy had mentioned he was interested in the TV show, but I haven't heard anything about it really.

Is that something you'd be interested in doing, playing that character again on television?

Flanery: Yeah if it's done right, if it's with the right company, if the script is good, sure I'd entertain that, absolutely! I mean I love the concept. I love doing faith movies, so as long as it's executed properly yeah I'd entertain that absolutely man.


How do you feel about the legacy of those films? They're so beloved by their fans.

Flanery: Well yeah that's it, that's why I'd want to do it justice. If we did a TV show, it'd have to be done right.

Would the series pickup right where the last film left off?

Flanery: Yeah, I mean obviously you'd have to see them get out of jail otherwise (the movie) would be Boondock Saints in Prison.


InSight opens in theaters on September 2nd!

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