John Wesley Shipp’s Jay Garrick based on 90’s Flash


John Wesley Shipp once portrayed the 1990’s version of The Flash as Barry Allen and has had an integral role on the current The Flash. He not only is now playing Barry’s father, but was shown in the season finale as the man behind the iron mask, aka the real Jay Garrick version of The Flash. In a recent interview, he stated that he looked for inspiration in his role as Jay Garrick, from his previous take on the flash in the statement below:

“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, 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.”

“Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen is the speedster of the show, so everything is discussed in terms of how it affects Grant’s Barry. 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.”

The Flash season 3 makes its return to the CW on October 4th at 8pm.

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