Mister Smith is a quirky colorful character who will partner with Warner's character, Kurdy.
Together they will go out on the road to help forge new alliances that will help in the
rebuilding of their nation.
Kurdy meets Mister Smith in the opening episode for Season 2 of Jeremiah, and is immediately
confounded. Smith says he has a message from God, delivers it, and then saves Kurdy's life.
Mister Smith joins the Thunder Mountain group but he is an enigma to everyone there. He could
be anything: a crackpot, a visionary, a spy or a genuine messenger from God to a godless world.
What they learn about him over the course of the season's 15 episodes does little to settle the
issue. Mister Smith ("First name Mister, last name Smith.") has an uncanny ability to predict
future events. His comments are frequently cryptic but hold real meaning. He takes photographs
of everything and everyone. He tells each person he meets that he is from their hometown
and knows enough details to be convincing but appears to have no past of his own. He is
quiet, gentle, unassuming and a complete mystery.
Sean Patrick Astin was born February 25, 1971 in Santa Monica, California, USA. He currently
resides in Los Angeles with his wife Christine and daughters Alexandra and Elizabeth. Astin is
best known for playing 13-year old "Mikey Walsh" in "The Goonies". Some of his other film
credits are "Boy Meets Girl", "Rudy", "Where the Day Takes You" and "Toy Soldiers". However,
he will be most recognized in his current portrayal of Samwise Gamgee in "The Lord of the
Rings" trilogy of movies. Sean Astin is a multi-talented young man whose credits include
directing, producting and writing as well.
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ASTIN AT SCIFI WIRE SAID:
I instantly loved the character. It was instantaneous. My
appreciation for what it was that he'd created. I instantly knew that it was something that I
wanted to do. When I heard him, at my lunch with him, telling me of the character that he was
creating. I wanted to like the show before I started watching it, because my agents had
communicated to me that Luke Perry had placed a telephone call and evidenced his great
passion for my work as an actor and his desire for me to be involved, and that I found
flattering and moving and so I instantly wanted to watch every episode of the first season,
and I wanted to like it, and I wanted to see if there was a way to make it work.
[Mister] Smith is one of the millions of people who were under the age of puberty when this
horrible Big Death came around. I like to refer to him, and I'm not sure this is exactly
right, but as "either an unwitting prophet, or a fool." [Mister] Smith is a figment of the
incredible wellspring of creativity that is the mind of Joe Straczynski. He is a vessel
through which the ideas of man's relationship to God, and the tensions his relationships to
God creates, can be wrestled with and communicated.
Joe [Straczynski] shared with me a few thoughts or ideas about Smith's background, but really
not very much. So to me, Smith is a combination of me, Sean, and the kind of archetype of an
idea of someone who believes that God is communicating to them, or rather, maybe it's better
said, someone who God talks through.
My character is basically a great litmus test against which the faith of the other characters
are meted out, or amplified, or glimpsed through, so I think it's fair to say that throughout
the course of the second episode, there will be times where Mr. Smith's adventures will take
him into ... he isn't initially a part of the Thunder Mountain group and he's not really a
part of their lives, so I can say this: The question is, is Mr. Smith going to be able to
become a part of that, or is he not going to be able to become a part of their thing? I think
that question, whether or not he's going to find comfort or solace or whether or not they're
going to find him threatening, remains to be seen ...
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JMS AT MGM SAID:
Mister Smith is kind of an enigma. This is a man who says he hears from God. He doesn't speak
to God he doesn't pray to God. God speaks through him to other people. And we never really
clearly establish if he's actually hearing these voices if he's making this all up, if he's
a charlatan or if he's just plain nuts.
JMS AT COMIC-CON 2003 SAID:
Mister Smith is a guy who hears from God on a regular basis. You're
never really sure if he really hears from God or he's just nuts. We walk a very fine line.
He's a really cool addition to our show this season.
Tired of life and the horrible things that are happening to the world and himself, Mister
Smith tries to commit suicide and is drowning, when he hears a voice say, "Not yet. We have
work to do." And he is washed ashore.
Why would a wave washing him up on shore scare everybody? Well, it was a lake.
JMS AT SCI FI MAGAZINE SAID:
His name is Mister Smith. That's his proper name, Mister Smith. No
first name, just Mister. Mister is his first name. So they're addressing him as "So this is
Mister Smith, who hears from God on occassion." This guy isn't particularly proselytizing,
he's just this poor jamoke who is God's sock puppet from time to time and spitting out things
that God thinks the world should hear.
Whether he actually is hearing these things from God or if he's making them up--or if he's
just plain nuts--is a question we kind of play around with. I would rather not define that
for a while but he ends up being a very important ally to Kurdy and our characters, to whom
he is drawn because, as he says, "You guys are going to make history; I'm here to record it."
He's a very eccentric character, also at times a very funny character because he is just a
JMS AT RASTB5M SAID:
Here's the funny thing, and how I knew that Sean would be added to the
cast the moment I heard his name in the running.
Understand that I have not only never worked with a Sam before, I've never even MET a Sam
prior to the past year. Never used anyone in a script named Sam (once a Samuel, but that's
I wrote a character named Sam into the Jeremiah pilot.
Next thing you know we hired Sam Egan.
Now on board comes Samm Barnes.
And who does Sean play in LoTR? Sam.
I'm up to my ass in Sams here.
ASTIN AT SCIFI WIRE SAID:
I'm really excited to see how it turned out, actually. If Showtime
picks it up [for a third season], they own me for eight more. I directed an episode of that.
That was great.
I play Mr. Smith. He's sort of an unwitting prophet or a fool. I, Sean, was an actor, a
vessel, through which [series creator J.] Michael Straczynski could sort of explore his
relationship with God. And the character, you know, claims that God is speaking through him.
So it was richly rewarding and stimulating to my own spiritual [nature]. ... I loved it.
ASTIN AT DREAMWATCH SAID:
The premise of the character is that he's either an unwitting prophet or
a fool, and Joe [Michael Strazcynski] hasn't told me which. He wants the audience to make up
their own mind about it. So either God is talking through me, as Mister Smith claims, or he's
I'm contractually obligated for a year and then, if it gets picked up,
for half of next year, I think. That doesn't mean they couldn't kill me off, and that doesn't
mean that I wouldn't agree to continue going beyond that. You can never tell what Joe will
come up with. I'm prepared for any eventuality. I'm strapped into the seat and holding on for
dear life and trying to keep up with the voice!
ASTIN AT MGM NEWS SAID:
Mister Smith claims to be an emissary from God and the guy really does
know a lot more than he should, so you have to wonder if he might be telling the truth.
How does Mister Smith come into the picture?
Well, he kind of pops up one day and inserts himself into Kurdy's life, certain that it is
his destiny to serve as Kurdy's partner, or protector, if you will. He says it's God's will.
You just don't know what to make of him. Is he nuts, is he an extremely clever spy, or is God
really talking through him? I don't want to give away too much here, but we are currently
shooting an episode called 'The Mysterious Mister Smith,' which is extremely revelatory.
ASTIN AT SCIFI WIRE SAID:
You don't know which he is [an unwitting prophet or a Shakespearean
fool]. He claims that God is speaking to him and he seems to know a lot more than he rightly
[Mr. Smith is] a fun character to play. It came about because my name was on a list at MGM,
and I'm sure I was higher up on the list after the success of The Lord of the Rings
than I was before. It came to me as an offer. I watched a lot of the episodes from the first
season, read the script, looked at the money, thought about my family, saw what the time
commitment was and just said, 'Yeah, let's go.'
Jeremiah is based on a Dutch comic book, which I went and got. I met with Joe Straczynski,
the creator of the show, who'd done Babylon 5, and I thought I wouldn't mind allowing
this guy to be my puppeteer for 13 episodes of Jeremiah. He seemed like a really intriguing,
interesting guy who may have something to say.