Geeks of Doom has had the honor of interviewing some of the great cast members of Troy Duffy‘s desperately-anticipated sequel, Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. First up was the wonderful Clifton Collins Jr., who’s new to the gang in the sequel. And now, I’m pleased to present our own little chat with the best two good guy killers ever seen in a movie — the Boondock Saints: Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus!
Whether you’re a super-fan of the original 1999 cult classic The Boondock Saints or not, you’ve very likely seen both of these gentleman in numerous other movies and TV shows. Sean has appeared in movies like Powder and Suicide Kings, and he even rocked the fedora and whip as Indiana Jones in Young Indiana Jones. Norman will soon be seen in Pandorum, and is also known from his roles in movies like Deuces Wild, Blade II, and Ridley Scott’s American Gangster with Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington.
You can stay up to date with both of these fine actors by following them on Twitter, or by going to their official websites for all the information you need on all of the past, current, and future projects discussed in this interview. Sean Patrick Flanery can be found at his site www.seanflanery.com, and you can find Norman Reedus and his work at either www.bigbaldhead.com or www.normanreedusonline.com.
Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day will officially be released on October 30th of this year, so there’s only a little more than a month to wait. For now, you can go and watch the trailer 50 or 60 more times, and you can click on over to the other side and read this little chat with the McManus brothers!
Geeks of Doom — Mr. Sean Patrick Flanery and Mr. Norman Reedus, thank you very, very much for taking the time to answer a few questions for Geeks of Doom. I’m so incredibly excited for Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day and getting the chance to pick the brains of some of its fine cast makes it all the more fun for me as a fan.
Norman Reedus — Hey man. Yeah we are all really excited as well…over the moon.
Geeks of Doom — Well, it’s been 10 years now and finally, you guys have reached this difficult goal. How does it feel to have completed Boondock 2?
Sean Patrick Flanery — It feels good AND bad. Good because I know we made an ass kicking film and can’t wait for everyone to see it. Bad because we all have so much fun in the actual shooting of the film that it’s a shame it’s over!
NR — It feels good. I’m especially excited for Troy [Duffy]. Its Troy’s baby you know. He’s been through so much; he deserves all the good things coming to him.
GoD — How did your personal experience on the sequel compare to, or even differ from the 1999 original, The Boondock Saints?
SPF — It was seriously like we didn’t even miss a beat. Good friends reuniting and blowing away more bad guys!
NR — Well, we’re ten years older. We’ve all been so busy since the first one. Boondock Saints was one of my first films. So, I was more nervous and still learning what was what. Once we put on the pea coats and the tattoos it seemed a bit of a déjà vu, you know? After we started shooting guns at people, it felt just like riding a bike.
GoD — Judging by the many video journals that were released, it seemed like you were able to jump right back into that world and that character; was it as easy as it looked, or did you have any troubles getting back into the groove and getting that accent down again?
NR — Well I worked a bit harder on the accent this time. I couldn’t be a totally different person. Like I said with the first one, I was a bit nervous you know? But we all jumped right back in. It was sort of a family project from the beginning. We all like each other and like working with each other, Cliffy [Clifton Collins Jr.] as well. We all knew each other from years before, so it made it more fun, and more serious.
SPF — Nah, that part was easy.
GoD — A trailer for the movie was finally released (one I may or may not have watched six or seven times so far), and one of my favorite things is that it still has that indie/cult feel to it at times. Did it have that feel during filming, or was it apparent that a little bit more budget had been thrown into the mix?
SPF — Same vibe exactly! Raw basic film making.
NR — It did seem like there was more money in the sequel. I mean there was, it was apparent. The feel is all Troy, that’s his style. I know he has some other projects after this one and they will of course be unique. Troy is the real deal. That’s the feeling you’re talking about, it’s all him.
GoD — I know that Troy has a couple of projects in place, like The Good King, that take him away from Saints, but there have been rumors of the Boondock Saints being set up as a potential trilogy. What do you know about this and the likelihood that fans will get it?
SPF — I guess it always depends on audience response to this one.
NR — I hope it happens. I could be Murphy 10 more times. He’s just too fun.
GoD — Sean, another big franchise that you’re a part of is of course, the Indiana Jones franchise in Young Indiana Jones. Now that the movie franchise has been revived with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and another new movie has been discussed, I have to know, have you ever been approached on the possibility of appearing as a younger Indiana in one of the movies, similar to the way River Phoenix did in Last Crusade?
SPF — No, but I LOVE Harrison Ford as Indy. It’s his character, and they’ll always get my 15 bucks at the box office.
GoD — Would you ever like to do that, or are those two worlds within the same world just too different?
SPF — I don’t think anyone would turn down a George Lucas film!
GoD — Norman, even before Boondock, you’ll be appearing in Pandorum on September 25. This movie looks pretty nightmare inducing; what was it like making it?
NR — It was greasy and I hurt my back. I was covered in oil the whole time and had these little dread-type torture pieces woven into my head. It wasn’t fun. The movie looks amazing though. Christian [Alvart], he’s another one; that guy has his own voice. He’s fun to work with, besides the make-up torture chamber part. I was shooting both movies at the exact same time. I would fly from Toronto to Berlin and from Berlin to Toronto every other day; I was losing my mind a bit and was beyond tired. After seeing it though, I’m happy I did it — of course, knowing Christian, I knew I would be.
GoD — Pandorum is produced by Paul WS Anderson, who also directed Event Horizon. Do you know if these space horrors are at all related, or even similar to each other, or are they two totally different rides?
NR — I think they are totally different, two completely different films.
GoD — Sticking with horror (Tis’ the season!) you were also in Guillermo Del Toro’s Blade II, which is easily the best of the trilogy. Since then, del Toro now has about 358 projects lined up; do you have any hopes or plans to work with him again?
NR — I would give my right arm. He’s the baddest. Such a fun guy to watch work. So talented, you know, but also remains pure in his vision and innocent like a kid. He gets so stoked when he’s watching it happen. So fun, that guy. I would do a dog food commercial for Guillermo.
GoD — Blade II was a new and unique take on vampires, a horror sub-genre which seems to spurt in popularity from time to time. Currently, the big vampire crazes are Twilight and True Blood. Are you a fan of either of these current crazes?
NR — I haven’t seen either one of them, but they sound fun. I just recently did a film with Kellan [Lutz]. He’s in one of those. He was cool. I liked him. He loved Boondock Saints. I gave him a sweatshirt from the film and a t-shirt for his girl.
GoD — Some may not know that you both also write and direct, and you both have your own films that you’ve made and also have in the works, so let’s touch on that!
Sean, you have a passion project called Sunshine Superman coming out that you performed the writing, directing, and acting trifecta in; what can you tell us about the movie and how it came about?
SPF — It was a true story that I wrote about my childhood for JANE magazine that sparked a lot of interest. The original magazine article is online if anyone wants to read it [READ HERE]. It’s pretty special to me and will eventually get made…hopefully sooner rather than later.
GoD — What’s next for you; any big roles coming up or on the table, or is there any side projects that you have in the works?
SPF — Two projects. Devlin Made Me Do It and Sunshine Superman.
GoD — Norman, in 2006, you made 3 Films by Norman Reedus: The Rub, I Thought of You, and A Filthy Little Fruit. What other personal projects do you have in the works or set for the future?
NR — I’m in prep to direct I Was A White Slave In Harlem a book about Margo Howard Howard. It’s written by Abbie Michaels, (Azalia Snail). It’s a story that just blew me away. You’ll understand.
The three short films were recently shown in Frankfurt. The short films are all very different. Some more visual art pieces than narrative. I got many “I don’t understand” comments from the German audience there…lots of open mouths and blank stares.
GoD — A man of a million talents, you’re also a seasoned photographer. What got you into that craft, and how long have you been doing it?
NR — There was a show before Frankfurt in Berlin, actually a few shows in Berlin, the last show was 50 photos large scale in a sick venue that looked like the Taj Mahal. I have this thing with Germany; I don’t know what the connection is yet. I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. I have sort of a vision with all that, I guess, from what I’ve been told a bunch. I like to take ugly things and make them beautiful. I guess I think of myself as ugly sometimes, but optimistic.
GoD — Gentlemen…once again, we at Geeks of Doom want to thank you so much for taking the time — it means a lot. Very best of luck to you and your endeavors, we look forward to seeing a lot more of your work in the future!
SPF — Thanks a ton y’all! Anytime!
NR — Yeah, Geeks of Doom (love that name by the way, you should form a speed metal band), it was my pleasure. Best to you as well.