One of the only celebrities I have ever paid for an autograph from was Sam J. Jones, at Comic-Con some years back. 1980’s Flash Gordon, while undoubtedly a travesty in the eyes of some old-school fans of the comic strips, has always been a favorite film of mine, in part because, just like the Adam West Batman, it works differently at every age. It’s a great adventure film for kids, it’s loaded with innuendos you start to get as a teen, and it casually drops Fellini references for the adult cinephile.
Back when I met Mr. Jones, probably at least 6 years ago, there was still no domestic DVD of the movie, so I asked when it would be coming out. He replied, “Probably next year, for the anniversary and the sequel.” Sequel? Would there really be one? “Yeah, man, we’re talking about it.”
I guess he’s still talking about it, and maybe his appearance in Ted made it more likely. In the meantime, though, here’s a trailer for a documentary about his life that will be hitting Kickstarter in June. (Melody Anderson still looks gorgeous.)