In a recent interview, actor John Wesley Shipp discussed his take on playing ‘The Flash‘ from Earth 3, or as we know him ‘Jay Garrick‘. It seems that according to Shipp, his Jay Garrick is just an older version of ‘The Flash‘ that he played back in the 1990’s. Which is a pretty cool idea if you ask me. Check out more of what he had to say below, and remember ‘The Flash‘ makes its season 3 premiere Tomorrow night at 7pm Central on the CW! Join in the Conversation AFTER THE JUMP!
“I figured Jay is my version of Barry, 25 years later, essentially. So I went back and I watched a couple of episodes of the 1990/91 version to kind of remind myself what I did,” Shipp told ComicBook.com. “[Jay] is much more reminiscent of my Barry Allen from 25 years ago than my Henry Allen. I went back and I was amazed how much attitude my Barry Allen had in some situations. I went back and I picked up that thread and I brought it forward 25 years, and tried to weave it in. I think that’s fun for the audience, too — that they will see elements of my Barry Allen in my Jay Garrick.”
Shipp elaborated that the story decision to make him into Jay Garrick was made in service of Barry Allen’s character growth. “Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen is the speedster of the show, so everything is discussed in terms of how it affects Grant’s Barry,” Shipp explained. “When the iron mask comes off, and he sees essentially his dad, that’s kind of like a one-two punch because it’s his dad but it’s not. If the iron mask comes off and it was Henry by another name, what would be the interest in that? In conjunction with Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, we wanted to make Jay very different from Henry.”
Shipp also revealed that his castmates – specifically Grant Gustin – were excited to have him return to the role of a Speedster. “When Grant and I were running lines and I was being Jay, he just put his head down and started laughing,” Shipp said. “I said ‘What’s up?’ and he said ‘It is so cool watching you play this.'”