Remember we attended Weekend of Hell last month? That was one great weekend and we already wrote some articles about it (browse our website and you’ll find that “Weekend of Hell” has a prominent place on it), but we thought it was time for another “Meeting”. And have we got a good one for you…today we will talk about one of the nicest and most talented people we ever met: Sean Patrick Flanery. When he was announced for Weekend of Hell I was very happy. Sean plays in one of my favorite movies ever: “The Boondock Saints”. He also attended “Walker Stalker Con London” earlier this year, but sadly I did not have to chance to meet him over there. This was my second chance (thank you “Weekend of Hell”!) and I sure as hell was set on taking it. Well I’m glad I did, because just thinking and writing about it, puts a smile on my face. Why? I will tell you all about that later, but first let me quickly introduce Sean Patrick Flanery to you.
Who is Sean Patrick Flanery?
Actor…Author…Father…Husband…Jiu-Jitsu Teacher...auto racer. These are just a few of the things that define Sean Patrick Flanery. He was born in Lake Charles , Louisiana (October 11th, 1965) and raised in Houston, Texas. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of St. Thomas. This is where Sean saw a beautiful girl leaving the same building every week. He decided he wanted to meet this girl and signed up for “whatever the hell they were teaching in that building”. That building turned out to be the University’s Theater Department and the class she was attending was acting. During his theater studies he wrote a children’s play. At one time he decided to pack all his things, get in his car and move to Los Angeles. He had the hopes of producing the play he wrote and he wanted to pursue his acting career. At one point he was approached by an agent and Sean got a role in a Kellogg’s Corn Pop commercial, alongside the late Paul Walker.
Following this he did some more national television commercials and his first big break came when he got the title role in George Lucas’ “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” (he played the young “Indy” in 21 episode and some TV movies). After this he played in multiple movies and television shows every year and in 1999 he was cast for the role of Connor McManus in “The Boondock Saints”. His co-star in “Boondock Saints” is Norman Reedus (currently playing Daryl in AMC’s The Walking Dead). The movie developed a cult following very soon. Flanery and Reedus play twin brothers turned vigilante to help rid their city, Boston, of organized crime. Ten years after the first movie, Flanery and Reedus pick up their weapons (and their rosaries) again for the sequel “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”. There are rumors about a third installment of the movie and it seems to be almost certain it’s gonna happen…yeay! Sean has played in a lot of other movies and series, among them are: “Suicide Kings”, “Dexter”, “The Young and The Restless”, “Saw 3D”, “The Dead Zone”, “D-Tox”, “The Strip” and many more. Next to being a great actor Flanery has a lot more to offer. In April of this year he published a novel named “Jane Two” (check out www.janetwo.com for more information). A few days ago I received my copy of the book and I will start reading it very soon, so keep an eye on our website for a review of it. Sean also blogs on www.shineuntiltomorrow.com. Furthermore Sean has a black belt in Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He also teaches in these disciplines in his own BJJ Academy. Well I could go on for a little while, because there’s so much to tell about the man, but let’s get to the meeting part…
As soon as Sean Patrick Flanery entered the hall at Weekend of Hell he was interacting with everyone around him. One of the first times we walked by he looked at me and asked: “Hast du den blog gelesen?”. I’m from the south of the Netherlands and I’ve studied German in high school for 7 years, but at that moment I had nothing to say. I just stood there and looked like a doofus. Apparently some of Sean’s German fans (Steffi & Cindy)have translated his blog into German and Sean was doing some promotion for this German version of his blog (you can find it on www.shineuntiltomorrowgermany.jimdo.com/). Sean stood there with a big smile on his face and he handed me a flyer. I can tell you one thing, that was not the last flyer we received from him that weekend. Throughout the day we heard a lot of: “Hast du den blog gelesen?”, we got a lot of flyers and we sometimes we even had a little chat with Sean. Of course we attended the Boondock Saints Panel on the Friday (and the solo Q&A on the Saturday), but I will write about that one later on in another article.
"Stroopwafels" & Autograph
Of course I wanted to meet Sean properly; not only to get an autograph, but we also had a present for him. We wanted to give him a typically Dutch treat called: “Stroopwafels”. It’s a kind of thin waffle with syrup “caramelly” filling. It was very crowded at his table throughout the day, but at a certain point I just got in line. Behind me Tristan & Sigmund were talking to each other. At one point Sean tried to get Sigmund’s attention and asked him “Hast du den blog gelesen?” Sigmund replied with the question “Have you read our blog?” They talked a little and Sigmund told him there was a card of our website attached to the "stroopwafels" I wanted to give him. Then finally it was my turn, so I stepped to the table. With a big smile he shook my hands and said: “Hallo, wie geht’s?”. Again with the German! I convinced him to talk English to me and gave him the "stroopwafels". He seemed to be very interested in what they were and I am very curious what he thought about them. So Sean if you are reading this: Did you like the "stroopwafels"? He also took a look at the card of our website and said he would check it out. I picked a picture to have signed and of course it was a “Boondock Saints” picture. While he was signing I asked him if Boondock Saints III was happening and he gave me an “off the record” answer, while Carola was filming.
Mr. Flanery you are the best!
Meeting Sean was a lot of fun and he truly is a great, great guy. He has got a lot of energy and he seems to really care about his fans. I think he is very passionate in everything he does and we haven’t heard to last of him. Like I already said just thinking about meeting him puts a smile on my face and that’s very special. I just recently started to read his book “Jane Two”. Unfortunately at the moment I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and read, but if I had I think I would have already finished it.
So Mr. Flanery, thank you for taking the time to make my day! Keep up the great work and until we meet again!
(Don’t forget to check out the video of the meeting and keep an eye on our website for the article about the Q&A’s)
Also check out http://shineuntiltomorrowgermany.jimdo.com/ for the German version of Shine until tomorrow!