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Sean Patrick Flanery talks about his new film ‘Frank and Penelope’

Director, screenwriter, and actor Sean Patrick Flanery chatted about his new film “Frank and Penelope.”

Sean Patrick Flanery
Sean Patrick Flanery. Photo Credit: John Schell
Sean Patrick Flanery. Photo Credit: John Schell

Director, screenwriter, and actor Sean Patrick Flanery chatted about his new film “Frank and Penelope.”

It’s a tale of love and violence when a man on his emotional last legs finds a savior seductively dancing in a run-down strip club. And a life most certainly headed off a cliff suddenly becomes redirected, as everything is now worth dying for.

Two star-crossed lovers Frank (Billy Budinich) and Penelope (Caylee Cowan) hit the road to escape their troubled pasts, but a cult leader bares their sins and makes them pay with their flesh.

On filming this movie, Flanery said, “It was a crazy shoot. Filming in Terlingua, it was 110 degrees, and people were getting really hot. We had buckets of Gatorade, a cooling tent, and a cooling van. We kept rotating people in.”

This film marked Flanery’s directorial debut. “I’ve always wanted to direct, I’ve had that in the back of my mind, but I really wanted it to be under the right circumstances, and this really was,” he said.

“Allen Gilmer and Scott Dolezal gave me a great opportunity and I will forever be grateful,” he added.

In “Frank and Penelope,” Flanery played the Club Manager, whom he described as a “sick, evil and twisted dude.” “Sometimes playing the bad guy is more fun for an actor,” he said. “I had a great time, and I had a great crew and Director of Photography. It really was a good experience.”

The trailer of “Frank and Penelope” may be seen below.

‘The Boys’

Flanery also enjoyed being a part of the TV series “The Boys,” where he played Gunpowder. “It was really cool to be on that show, it’s a killer hit TV show, so that was epic,” he said.

“I am very grateful to be employed in this business for a long time and I don’t sleep on it. I’ve had a lot of really rare and wonderful opportunities. It’s not lost on me,” he added.

On the title of the current chapter of his life, Flanery responded, “Dad.”


If he were to have any superpower, he revealed that it would be “the power of influence.” “You can do more with that superpower than anything else,” he said.

Flanery concluded about “Frank and Penelope,” “It’s a love story that traverses the blistering hot tarmac of Texas, and it ends at the place where all the veins meet.”

To learn more about Sean Patrick Flanery, check out his IMDb page, and follow him on Instagram.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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