LIKED FLYNN, SO HE WAS IN

The Courier-Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

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.

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