Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register Now to see X-MEN First Class!
Interview

The Young Indiana Jones
Re-visit the series that introduced us to little Henry Jones Jr.

submit to reddit

The Young Indiana Jones is a part of the Indy universe that divides fans. There are those who consider the TV series a vital part of the character's history, introducing us to formative moments in the young adventurer's life. Then there are those who find the fact that it crossed Indy's path with that of almost any historical figure you can name from Sigmund Freud to Ghandi to be, well, a little silly, frankly. But during the shows run from 1992-93, it featured guest directors such as Nic Roeg (Don't Look Now), Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Terry Jones (Monty Python) and Joe Johnston (The Wolfman). Guest stars also included the likes of Daniel Craig, Catherine Zeta Jones, Elizabeth Hurley and Christopher Lee.

We spoke to Sean Patrick Flannery, who played the teenage Mr Jones, about his memories of the show.

The Young Indiana Jones

What do you remember of your audition process for the show?
Well, the first audition was like me and a casting director's assistant. Like any casting process, it was a case that slowly and surely they'd call you back for more auditions and you'd see more people, until finally I met George Lucas and we did a camera test. I'd love to tell you that George was some eccentric weirdo, but he's the most regular guy you could ever meet, he really is. I think he saw all the auditions, so I guess meeting him was just something for him to see if I was a nice guy.

Do you remember what you did in the auditions?
Yeah, I remember them all. The audition scene was the dinner table scene with myself and Elizabeth Hurley in the London episode.

The moment you got the call to say you had the job must have been a special one. What do you remember of that?
Well, I was asleep and my agent called and woke me up and just said, 'You're going to London'. It was bizarre and kind of crazy.

Indiana Jones was and is an enormously popular franchise. How aware were you of what a big deal this was? Were you a fan of the films?
The three Indy movies were already so huge that you knew it was big shoes to fill.
Yeah, I don't think any kid of that age wasn't a fan. When Indiana Jones came out, I must have been 15 or 16, so it was the most exciting movie I'd ever seen at that time. So, I was pretty nervous going into the audition. I think everybody knew that we had a responsibility to the fans and that there was a lot of focus on this. The three Indy movies were already so huge that you knew it was big shoes to fill. I had some trepidation about that and there was also desire. It was the biggest thing to happen in my life and it also opened up every door to everything that's happened in my career since.

How much do you remember of the shoot?
Oh, I remember everything. I went to 40-something different countries. I had to go and get a passport to get this job! It was a life-changing experience for me. Every episode took about five weeks to shoot, so it was very labour intensive. They were all international cities. There were times when I'd go to a city and we were in and out in four or five days. But, then there were other times where you had a week or so of downtime. I was going out and having my fun. It was truly amazing.

Do you have a favourite episode?
My favourite episode to work on was probably 'Barcelona, May 1917', which was directed by Terry Jones who, for obvious reasons, was one of my favourites. Also, I got to work with one of my favourite actors on that, which was Timothy Spall.

The Young Indiana Jones

Did you ever get to meet Harrison Ford?
No, he was in an episode but not with me. So, I've never actually met the older Indiana Jones, which is a real shame. I would have loved to meet him and would still love to meet him, but never have. Bummer.

What about Steven Spielberg?
Yeah, I met him in Prague. It was very brief. We spent a couple of hours on set, but, again, he was super-nice and real informative and just a nice guy. I think I must have been ten when I saw Jaws - I used to sneak into all the movies - so I was a big fan of his.

What's your over-riding memory of the show?
Probably George's daughter. She came out to Phuket and was out playing in the water on the beach and I saw a shark swim up. She was wading out in the water and suddenly we saw these fins, so I had to run out and grab her. It wasn't quite an Indiana Jones rescue, but it was 'Oh my god, that's a huge shark'. Maybe it was more Jaws than Indiana Jones.


« Back To Indy Hub
Head back to our Indy hub for more exclusive features and interviews.
Empire Magazine
Subscribe to Empire magazine - also available to download on iPad.

Interview by Ian Freer


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

The 10 Most Exciting Movies At Cannes 2014
Empire's pick of the Croisette's finest

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Who’s In Spider-Man’s Sinister Six?
A bluffer’s guide to the planned spin-off from the Amazing Spider-films

14 YouTube Videos Every Game Of Thrones Fan Should Have Watched By Now
From goats singing the theme tune to every death in under three minutes

Hollywood's Biggest Names On Their Favourite Films
Stars and directors like Nolan, Whedon, Wright and Ford on the films that inspire them

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)