The Silent Hill star talks about the
many memorable men, good and
bad, that he's played in the last two decades.
By Jason Matloff
Sean Bean had so much to say about the roles he's played, it
all fit in the May 2006 issue's Scene Stealer column. PREMIERE.com
here with more.
Although Bean was in contention to play Bond, he eventually landed
the role of nefarious agent 006.
SEAN BEAN: It would have been nice to have played him,
but it was
just exciting to be involved with a Bond film. And at the end
film, I got a watch. It's engraved in the back and says, like,
Sean Bean, 006.' I wear it all the time. I'm actually wearing
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship
of the Rings (2001)
Bean learned that being afraid to fly and filming in New Zealand
make for an unpleasant combination.
I wasn't very keen on flying, so me and Orlando Bloom were
from Wellington to Queensland. And there was a massive storm
mudslides so we got stuck and had to sort of shack up in this
cabin for a couple of days. It was quite pleasant actually, but
ironic thing is that the only way they could get us out was by
helicopter. So after doing all that, I ended up in one. It was
terrible because it was swaying and just hearing the rotor blades
around makes me think, 'Oh shit.' Orlando was sitting next to
he was fine, but I was gripping his kneecap.
The Island (2005)
Bean's mad scientist may have had a major God complex, but boy
wear some sweet threads.
I did an extra day and instead of getting paid I said,
give me all my wardrobe.' So now I've got lots of Dolce &
Boss, and Armani suits at home. It was better than getting paid
National Treasure (2004)
While filming this action-adventure, Bean and costar, Nicolas
made the most of their downtime.
Nicolas and I used to play pool
together and do karaoke. We would go
down to [L.A.'s] Koreatown and he would get up and sing like
and I'd sing Rage Against the Machine. [Drunk?] Obviously, you
be to sing that.
North Country (2005)
In this emotional drama, Bean plays Francis McDormand's loving
I'd been trying for a while to get parts that weren't just
English bad guy, so it was quite refreshing to be playing someone
was a compassionate, decent guy. And I think playing an American
opened doors for me in a sense because should anyone have any
reservations [about whether he can pull it off] I can give them
Country and they can have a look for themselves.
For more from this month's Scene Stealer,
see page 20 of the May 2006 issue of
SEAN BEAN STALKS THE THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT IN SILENT
For years, Sean Bean has been Hollywood's first choice when it
a sophisticated villain. (See GoldenEye, Don't Say a Word and
But lately, the 46-year-old Sheffield,
England, native has been
feeling well, good. He wore the white hat in last year's Flightplan
Country, and in April's spookfest Silent Hill, he plays an ordinary
guy searching for his missing wife (Radha Mitchell) and young
Well, an ordinary guy in the sense that
his family disappears into an
alternate dimension. Did we mention the movies if based on a
-- Jason Matloff
PATRIOT GAMES (1992)
Bean suffered from Harrison Ford's bad aim.
"[Ford] had a boat hook in his hand, and accidentally ended
whacking me across the eye. I had about thirty stitches put in.
[At the hotel]
someone stopped me because I was wearing a leather jacket, had
a big black
eye, and had really short hair so I looked like a skinhead. The
company had to call and explain that I was an actor."
LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)
The Boromir action figure freaked out Bean's daughter.
"She was about two years old and was a bit scared because
came with an [demonic] Uruk-Hai. You could stretch the bow and
fire arrows into me. I was showing her how you do it, and she
that's you, Daddy!' It was hysterical. Maybe it wasn't such a
The costumes provided Bean with too much insight into his costars.
"We were playing these warriors, but sometimes it did get
comical because we were all wearing skirts and tunics that we
to. Your skirt would ride up in the back and you would see a
big white ass. Or
you're falling over and your wedding tackle is falling out."