John Wesley Shipp On His Role In THE FLASH; Praises Grant Gustin

In an interview with Comic Book Therapy, the original Flash, John Wesley Shipp, talks about his role in the upcoming Flash show, dishing on Grant Gustin's performance and how exactly he was offered the role of the titular hero's father.

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By LMB10 - 6/4/2014

It was a pleasant suprise for fans of the classic 90s Flash TV show that it's main star, John Wesley Shipp, would be returning for the new Flash show over 20 years later. We have recently learned that he'll be playing Barry Allen's father, who has been wrongly convicted of killing Nora Allen, Barry's mom. ComicBookTherapy have recently posted an exclusive interview with the actor, in which he dishes on getting to work on the show, and praises the new Flash actor Grant Gustin.
 
On his role in the upcoming series, Shipp said: "They made an offer. They called my agent and said they wanted to talk. When I heard about it, people were saying ‘Jay Garrick! Jay Garrick! Jay Garrick!’ I thought ‘Yeah, I guess a mentor figure.’ I thought that was pretty limited. Then I heard about Geoff Johns reboot where he reimagined the Allen family and the fact that the father is imprisoned, convicted wrongfully, for killing his wife. I thought ‘Wait a minute! That’s the character!’" When asked about working with Gustin, he wont on to say: "He is very real in his work. Very truthful. He’s invested, and sincere is just a good word for him. After having worked with him in the pilot, I know just how good of an actor he really is. How much depth there is. It’s a pilot that has a lot of depth. It has a lot of flash and dazzle, but then there’s emotional depth."
 
Shipp went on to talk about him passing on the role to a new, younger Flash, saying: "I don’t know what I can say without giving stuff away! All I can say, if people were disappointed that I’m not playing Jay Garrick because they wanted to see the baton passed, they’re going to get that. [...] It’s awfully effective."
 
For the full interview, be sure to head over to ComicBookTherapy where they talk about Gustin's Flash suit and what sort of role Shipp will play throughout the series. In the mean time, The Flash is gearing up to start shooting in July for a premiere in the Fall, airing Tuesdays on the CW. 
 
After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion — and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become… The Flash. The series stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne, Jesse L Martin as Detective Joe West, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells and John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen.
 
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DEVLIN712 - 6/4/2014, 7:56 AM
I can't wait for the pilot, hope it's great!
shabat - 6/4/2014, 7:57 AM
Well I for one cannot wait.
shabat - 6/4/2014, 7:57 AM
This fall is gonna be fun.
BatManiac - 6/4/2014, 8:05 AM
I can't wait!

Jollem - 6/4/2014, 8:10 AM
JoJo1982 - 6/4/2014, 8:11 AM
This show is win written all over it
AXE - 6/4/2014, 8:18 AM
The pilot was so awesome, I really hope they can keep the momentum goin ;)
AXE - 6/4/2014, 8:19 AM
I...I meant, it will be awesome, yeah will, hopefully, that is just my future self talking there, go away future Axe
AXE - 6/4/2014, 8:20 AM
Oh this is by a citizen, u get my thumbs good sir
Klone - 6/4/2014, 8:23 AM
The Uncle Ben is Grant's Parker.
MercwithMouth - 6/4/2014, 8:28 AM
Sounds good. Looking forward to this show.
Nomis - 6/4/2014, 8:33 AM
Okay...This is 10 ways of AWESOMENESS!!!!!
sameoldthing - 6/4/2014, 8:35 AM
Flash seems like a hard character to write for relating to his powers & such.
Seems like a guy who can move that fast is nearly invincible.
Comics are fun..hope the show is too.
Brainiac13 - 6/4/2014, 8:44 AM
Okay...This is 10 ways of AWESOMENESS!!!!!

:)
m0th3r - 6/4/2014, 8:46 AM
Very excited about this series...the trailer was awesome
DrVenkman - 6/4/2014, 8:49 AM
when i saw that trailer, I was all like...

McGee - 6/4/2014, 8:51 AM
@Jollem

MrReese - 6/4/2014, 8:52 AM
quadrapioneer - 6/4/2014, 8:59 AM
JWS was great in the first series... cool to see him again. I hope everyone is rewatching 90's Flash before this starts.
jackmamma - 6/4/2014, 9:04 AM
I prefer a movie but the show looks great. Glad WB is finally utilizing characters other than batman and superman. Can't wait for this show to come out
Jollem - 6/4/2014, 9:14 AM
@McGee - nice :)

a little birdie told me you were the real-life "fastest man alive", btw

see...it's 'cause of...the...ya know. it's...sex-related thing. 'n stuff



...i'm no good at the bro-bonding/shit-givin' thing
Azbat - 6/4/2014, 9:21 AM
I have a feeling this show will very quickly become my favorite.
McGee - 6/4/2014, 9:28 AM
My girlfriend use to call me Superman. Because I was faster than a speeding bullet.
Jollem - 6/4/2014, 9:37 AM
ha! bazonga!
Tevii - 6/4/2014, 9:54 AM
As a fan jay Garrick wouldve been AWESOME... But for an actor I can see how the father role might have more to offer.

Either way Im glad he's on board. Cant wait to see it.
Sunnyd - 6/4/2014, 10:01 AM
Cannot wait this series is going to be good.
sbdc1939 - 6/4/2014, 10:04 AM
really glad this guy is on board I loved the flash tv show when I was a kid so its great to see him still involved this show.
henchmen - 6/4/2014, 10:05 AM
HecticHector - 6/4/2014, 10:45 AM
October can't come fast enough
darkraven - 6/4/2014, 2:02 PM
get the show on the air already, the effects look great, the story is sound, and they have put together a great cast c'mon.
6of13 - 6/4/2014, 2:53 PM
Everything about this show looks brilliant. And the kitchen scene from DOFP was beyond amazing, although I am not sure if a TV show has the budget to replicate something similar, but who knows. Nonetheless, I can't wait for The Flash.
6of13 - 6/4/2014, 2:58 PM
batmanvsuperman - 6/4/2014, 4:01 PM
Cant wait this fall will he awesome
batmanvsuperman - 6/4/2014, 4:02 PM
Will be awesome ^^
DurtyTalynt - 6/4/2014, 5:14 PM
Good to see Shipp back. He was an awesome Flash that should of gotten his own film.
case - 6/5/2014, 5:25 AM
It will be awesome. But there's gonna be no surprises in the pilot...

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