LIKED FLYNN, SO HE WAS IN
BRITISH actor Clive Standen is such a fan of Australian actor Errol Flynn that he flew to the Gold Coast, put on 10kg, and played a character 19 years older just to be in a movie about Flynn’s life. Standen was filming the TV series Taken in Toronto when he first heard
about Russell Mulcahy’s period film In Like Flynn, which hit Australian cinemas this week.
“I just always loved Errol Flynn because ever since I was 14 I’ve been doing sword fighting and swashbuckling,” Standen said from Los Angeles.
“My agent said ‘well they are making a film about the early years of Errol Flynn …. and the producer is interested in you playing Charlie, a 55year-old drunk with imaginary friends. I said ‘are you sure they know I’m 36?’ And then I thought ‘what am I complaining about, this is what you want, to completely transform yourself’.”
Standen spent two months on the Gold Coast last year r filming In Like Flynn alongside Thomas Cocquerel, David Wenham, William Moseley and Isabel Lucas. Best known for his role on Vikings, Standen based the Charlie character in part rt on British actor Donald d Pleasence, took inspiration tion from comedian Tommy Cooper, a bit of Robert Shaw from Jaws – for the side burns – and a homeless man from his London neighbourhood affectionately known as Mad John. “He was one of those guys who would sort of burrow into your soul,” Standen sa said. “Charlie is a bit like that with wi Errol. Errol Flynn died at the age of 50 loo looking like Charlie and Charlie C is almost giving Errol E this premonition. Unfortunately U the young y and indestructible in Errol doesn’t do really see it.” Standen said the Gold Coast Coas was “one of the most amazing places he had ever had the chance chanc to visit, and he was already lining up a return trip for Supanova pop culture expo next year.