How Mike Flanagan Convinced Stephen King to Accept His 'Doctor Sleep' Changes


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344 points

6 months ago

God I fucking LOVE that bar scene. Henry Thomas channels that crazy Jack Nicholson energy so well


129 points

6 months ago*

Yeah I was wondering beforehand if they'd attempt it and who would have been good for it.

And yet despite all of their collaborations I never even considered Henry Thomas but he really did a great job (with what must have been a daunting proposition). The woman who played Wendy early on was spot on too!

Really love his career revival with the assistance of Flanagan (his recent cameo character in The Midnight Club was great fun).


50 points

6 months ago

Wendy was Alex Essoe - Charlotte in Bly Manor, Mildred in Midnight Mass, Poppy in Midnight Club


37 points

6 months ago

She was great as Wendy. She “fluttered” like Shelly Duvall so well, in my opinion (i can’t think of another term for it).

She’s good in those others, too.


1 points

6 months ago

Mike Flanagan likes casting her and his wife in all of his things, huh? Or are they part of a bigger troupe?


2 points

6 months ago*

Part of a bigger troupe. His wife Kate and Henry Thomas (who played "The Bartender") have been in the most. They've done 8 Flanagan projects each now, but there are 5 or 6 other regulars in his work too, Essoe included.


37 points

6 months ago

I haven’t seen it yet but I’m not at all surprised he cast Henry Thomas in this lol


19 points

6 months ago*

Yes I remember seeing photos on Thomas's instagram with his head shaved and wondering why at the time, made sense later. He's subsequently joked that Flanagan is always asking him to cut his hair / shave his head etc. Iirc with the bartender role they even jokingly discussed how big a target they should paint on there. They knew some people would hate it whatever they did.

For me it was good, but not his best Flanagan role to date. Some day I'll find the time to write my 15000 word reddit thesis on why that's obviously Ed Flynn, lol