“I thrive on sports”
Post updated on 18 February 2012
While shooting Six Bullets in Bucharest, in the fall of 2011, Joe was interviewed for the WorldClass gym magazine (Bfresh.ro), as he was probably to be found at the gym all the time, training, when not shooting. This would be a convenient explanation why he wasn’t tweeting from set.
Since we have translated the interview from Romanian, don’t expect his exact words, but the exact sense. Nothing terribly new, actually, yet we get to see once again Joe’s passion for being outdoor as much as possible and living a healthy and balanced life. Enjoy.
I thrive on sports
Every time Hollywood actors shoot in Romania, they choose to work-out with World Class trainers. Early October, we have met Joe Flanigan, famous for his role in Stargate Atlantis. He has a healthy life style, balanced and dynamic, and trains every day.
How did you start acting?
By accident. I couldn’t hold onto the small jobs I managed to get, and I finally ran out of money. I was leaving in New York at that time and I almost couldn’t afford the rent. My neighbor was an actor and suggested this as a solution. I was broke and I would have done anything to earn some money. And so it all started, I joined an acting school, then I moved to Los Angeles and suddenly I was offered a lot of roles really easily. I was indeed very fortunate.
How did you land the Stargate Atlantis role?
My manager happened to be friend with the president of MGM, who was almost desperate to find, on a very short notice, the right actor for the Stargate role. He contacted me and in 24 hours I was already cast. It was quite smooth and I played this role for 5 years.
How difficult was for you to approach the role?
Awfully easy, as the character is damn smart, just like me (laughs!). At first it was a bit strange to do science fiction, I doubted this genre would fit me. Then they told me I could add some humor to my character and this made the difference. I don’t think I could have pulled it off for five years dead serious.
Tell us something about your current project in Romania. How long did you spend here?
The shooting took almost two months. The movie is called “Six Bullets” and I play opposite Jean Claude Van Damme. My character is an ex-MMA fighter who comes to Moldova accompanied by wife and daughter. When his child is kidnapped, he hires Jean Claude Van Damme and we get to kill everybody around to save my daughter.
How was working with Jean Claude Van Damme? Was it your first time working with him?
This is the first time I got to meet Van Damme. He’s a very interesting person, a legend and working with him was a marvelous experience. For me, having the opportunity to work with film legends is one of the best things about acting.
What would you have done in your life, other than acting?
I have tried many jobs, in extremely different fields. I have worked in a bank, I have worked at the White House during the administration of George Bush senior, I have done a lot of things. I’ve been a waiter, only for two days though. I lasted as bartender just six hours, then got fired again. I would had probably ended up a writer or an architect. The irony is I’ve never imagined becoming an actor, it wasn’t really my childhood dream.
How is life on set? Is there still time to have fun with your cast and crew?
I have always fun on set and this is what matters the most to me. Usually, people see only the results of our work, but we are talking about hundreds, even thousands hours on set. The cast and crew are really important and luckily, everybody I had worked with are still close to me. In this business making real friends can prove difficult… egos are always in the way. Long hours on set are added to this, 12, 14 hours every day and sometimes it’s rather hard to keep your composure. But I find myself lucky in that regard.
What sports do you practice and how often do you go to the gym?
I thrive on sports! While in highscool I used to ski. I live in Malibu, so I go surfing five times a week. I’m gratified with a great group of friends, we’re all sports aficionados, while some are even professional athletes. Each morning we schedule the program for the day: gym, golf, surfing.
Do you keep a diet?
I like to eat right. I don’t keep a strict diet, but I’m fortunate enough to have a vegetable garden at home, so everything we eat is healthy.
Any message for your fans in Romania?
I had a wonderful time here. I look forward to being offered other projects in Romania, I’ll always return with great pleasure.
Update 18 Feb 2012
While filming for 6 Bullets, the “Junior’s Waterski & Wakeboarding Academy” (located in Snagov, near Bucharest, Romania) welcomed Joe for a day out. They recently posted this picture and a brief report, which reads:
In 2011, Joe Flanigan filmed in Romania. Since he likes surfing, his friends invited him for a wakeboarding experience. So Joe came to our Academy and we had a lot of fun together. Joe is a cool surfer and a very talented wakeboard rider.