Sean Bean


Sean Bean Trivia


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    • Sean Bean: A common misperception of me is...that I am a tough, rough northerner, which I suppose I am really. But I'm pretty mild-mannered most of the time. It's the parts that you play I guess. I don't mind it. I'm not a tough guy. I'd like to act as a fair, easy-going, kind man at some point.

    • Sean Bean: I had no intention of being an actor. I was quite good at it. I was pretty capable at other things but never any good at anything.

    • Sean Bean: (about being a Bond villain in "GoldenEye") It's more fun to play the bad guy. 006 was such an interesting character and the film really explored his friendship with Bond and how it all went wrong, so it was a very personal journey for both characters.

    • Sean Bean: (His philosophy) Listen to people and treat people as you find them. There's an inherent goodness in most people. Don't pre-judge people - that was me Mam's advice anyway.

    • Sean Bean: (about appearing in the movie "North Country") I'd been trying for a while to get parts that weren't just the English bad guy, so it was quite refreshing to be playing someone who was a compassionate, decent guy.

    • Sean Bean: (of filming "Sharpe's Challenge") I've done quite a lot of sword fighting in the meantime. On stage in Macbeth which featured a huge sword fight, then in Troy which also had loads, and as Boromir in Lord of the Rings. Luckily I really enjoy it.

    • Sean Bean: I sometimes find that playing the bad guy, or villains, or psychopaths tend to be much more psychologically rewarding. And you can really push it – you can push the limits – and get away with it.

    • Sean Bean: I'm still Sean that me mates went to school with, not Sean the film star. And that's the way I prefer to be.

    • Sean Bean: My family thought the fascination with acting was just another fad.

    • Sean Bean: (about his "Lord of the Rings" character Boromir) He's a fallen hero, a very gentle man under that exterior. He's lived in an environment always ravaged by war and had to be realistic. He wants to use the ring against the enemy instead of destroying it. He doesn't understand the complexities this piece of metal can have on human beings.

    • Sean Bean: Everyone was very deeply involved in the world of The Lord of the Rings. From the wardrobe department to lighting, all were fascinated with the story. This is something that does not happen usually.

    • Sean Bean: I think everybody's got different methods of working which suit the particular individual. Mine is to sort of play the part, and give 100%, to concentrate and focus on it while I'm actually working, but then leave it behind until the next day.

    • Sean Bean: I'm proud of Lord of the Rings. I think it's a once in a lifetime role, and a once in a lifetime film. It was made with so much care and passion and meticulous detail and everybody was so behind it.

    • Sean Bean: If you have a very good concept of your character, you can snap into it.

    • Sean Bean: Lord of the Rings was just so much enjoyment. It was over about the space of a year that I was filming. It's one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done, so emotional.

    • Sean Bean: There's a wealth of literature out there which, hopefully, will be, you know, exploded in the future, and I personally find it very rewarding to be involved with classic storytelling, and sort of legendary characters.

    • Sean Bean: Lord of the Rings was something I always wanted to do. I read the book when I was about 25, and I was always hoping if it was ever made into a feature film that I would be involved in some way. And then I finally got it, and I was over the moon. It was fantastic news.

    • Sean Bean: (about the character Sharpe) He's a bit street-wise. There's a roguish element to him... but he has to be, because that's how he survives all these battles.

    • Sean Bean: (about reprising the role of Sharpe) When we first started talking about it, I got very excited about the prospect of playing him again. But it was slightly odd, the first few days, just seeing everybody again, Daragh and Tom, and the same uniforms on. It's just like, it's just like it was the other day since we did the last one, you know. It's been about eight years, I think.

    • Sean Bean: (about the "Sharpe" films) I think the differences between this, what we're doing here, and a bigger budget from a big film -- a Hollywood film -- is that we just do, like, one take of everything, (laughs) more or less. I mean it's very rare that we go again, unless we have to. So, it's very fast, you see, I like working at that pace. I think it's very, uh, very exciting.

    • Sean Bean: (about his Rifleman's uniform) The last one I did, Sharpe's Waterloo, I got it in the contract that I kept my costume and my sword, which is an original... but the years have gone by, and I think they had to make one a bit bigger.

    • Sean Bean: I put quite a few trees in last autumn. A lot of silver birch and a couple of native trees-- just generally doing gardening, putting plants in and hedges in. It takes quite a lot of time and I love it.

    • Sean Bean: (on doing voices for The Elder Scrolls IV) 'Oblivion' is something unique, an entertainment experience unlike anything I had seen before. I decided this was a project I really wanted to work on creatively, and I hope fans of the game enjoy the results.

    • Sean Bean: I sort of leave the character at the end of the day. I don't carry anything around with me - no excess baggage or unnecessary thoughts. I think it's too exhausting to do that. To put things into perspective - your work is your work, and your leisure time is something else.

    • Sean Bean: Sharpe is my favorite role of all that I've played. He's a very complex character. He knows that he's a good soldier, but he will always have to fight the prejudice of aristocratic officers because of his rough working-class upbringing. On the battlefield, he's full of confidence -- but off it, he is unsure, a bit shy and ill at ease.