Interview: Sean Patrick Flanery, star of Deadly Impact

Actor Sean Patrick Flanery talked to Disc Dish about his role in the action-thriller Deadly Impact (MGM/Fox, DVD $19.98, released on April 20, 2010). The film finds Flanery portraying a former law enforcer devastated by the killing of his wife who’s conscripted back into duty years later to capture the madman responsible for her murder. The killer is played by Joe Pantoliano.

Flanery, who rose to fame as the star of TV’s The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles in the early 1990s and has since appeared in such popular movies as The Boondock Saints and its recently released sequel, was friendly and quite enthusiastic about his latest film. And we have to note that he is one of the rare interviewees who called us directly without any handling from a publicist or assistant.

DD: What’s it like to work with Joey “Pants” Pantoliano?

Deadly Impact DVD boxFlanery: Oh man, he’s a super cool cat. We were together in New Mexico shooting for about a month. [Director] Bob Kurtzman is a great guy, too. Really wonderful.

DD: You go through a lot emotional ups and down over the course of the film, which plays a lot better than a movie with a name like Deadly Impact should!

Flanery: Yeah, well that’s the name they gave it. But I really like the script. That’s the thing: You take a script and you believe in it or you don’t–it works a lot better if you believe in it. Then you let nature take its course and hopefully it all come across.”

DD: The last decade has seen you appear in a whole lot of action flicks and thrillers. Is it time for you to direct one yourself?

Flanery: The next evolutionary step for me is to direct myself. I came out of Young Indie with an experience that was pretty much like five years of film school. Man, by the end of the show’s run, I could load a 35 mag blindfolded.


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.