Source: About.com Sean Bean Discusses "The Hitcher"
From Rebecca Murray,
Your Guide to Hollywood Movies.
If youre one of those people who
stops for hitchhikers on the side of
the road, you might want to rethink that behavior after seeing
Hitcher. This remake of the 1986 film with Rutger Hauer, C Thomas
Howell and Jennifer Jason Leigh features Sean Bean in the part
serial-killing hitchhiker. Sophia Bush and Zachary Knighton co-star
the young couple he terrorizes and frames for murder.
The Original Rutger Hauer Movie: Bean watched that version when it
first came out about 20 years ago. I was very impressed
by it, said
Bean. Its quite spooky and scary. I thought it was
a really good
film. I suppose this is just a re-imagining of it. Its
not a remake of
sorts. I think weve added a lot of edge to it and a lot
The characters are very well drawn. Theyre not cardboard
cartoon characters. Theres a great depth to them. David
doing a great job directing. Jim Hawkins and the lighting cameraman
added a very dark, sort of ghostly quality to it. Theres
a lot of
thought and precision of detail going into this.
Bean didnt go back and watch the
film again before starting work on
The Hitcher. He also didnt try and base his character on
performance. He had a certain charm, which I thought was
fascinating to the character. I didnt really want to see
because I just didnt want it to color what I did. I wanted
to bring my
own views, my own ideas to the part. But Im glad I did
see it when I
saw it, when I was a kid. It certainly made an impression on
me. But as
I say, I think we all wanted to approach it in a different way
bring out ideas to it, fresh ideas.
Developing the Characters Backstory:
I think because there wasnt
much backstory, there wasnt a great deal to go on. I think
for me it
was just creating some kind of sensation rattling around his
not quite sure what that is but a lot of it is the way it was
the way it was explored, in terms of expression, things that
said really. Just looks and expression. Thats what I found
about playing the part. Not so much what I said, but the way
at these guys, the way I looked at life, the way I looked at
just tried to bring something to that, to try and convey something,
what was going on inside his head.
Its difficult to explain. Im
notoriously bad at trying to explain
characters I play. I think its something that just happens
on the day,
usually. You think of something and figure something out, maybe
something in the past, something somebody said to you, somebody
someone you knew. I just try and think of things like that when
say action. It must work.
Working with Guns: Its okay. Ive done quite a
few films now that had
guns and rifles, s**t like that. I feel okay. I dont have
particular affinity to it. Its just I guess the parts I
play tend to
carry real weaponry, a bit of hardware. Ive become quite
them. Particularly in this film, it doesnt really matter.
kills by any means. He doesnt have a particular choice
He uses knives, guns, ropes, anything he can get his hands on.
that happens to be around. Hes just a killer. Ive
never really done
that. Ive never really worked on a part like this before.
unapologetic in terms of the characters psychology that
he has no
remorse, no regrets. There are not any redeeming features to
I just think he does it because he can, and he believes hes
liberating. Hes a liberator. He believes that everyone
is guilty of
something, maybe these young guys are guilty of something. He
wants to clear them out.
Bean continued, Every question
Hes asked where hes from, he says,
All over. Hes like a phantom, a ghost thats
kind of your worst
nightmare. He terrorizes these young kids because theyre
Theyre going to Lake Havasu to get her tits and drink beer.
just wants to get rid of them. I think he sees something in Grace
maybe thinks she can identify in some kind of strange way with
mentality, his psyche. He maybe wants to pass something onto
instinct that he has.
Ive enjoyed playing the part and
I know what Im thinking when Im
doing it and I know what Im doing, but its difficult
to kind of
explain the psyche. He f**ks about with peoples consciousness,
plays games. He finds things humorous that a normal person wouldnt.
finds humor and comedy in that people might get their head blown
Its sort of a peaceful time for him. It brings him peace,
Comparing Middle America to Other
Shooting Locations: Its
lonely. Its a kind of lonely sort of feeling. Its
got a lot of
things. I can imagine its very beautiful in the daytime
and the sort
of landscape, but it can also be very desolate. Its a very
of place to be, where you could quite easily lose your mind if
here for any length of time.
Filming at Night: We did about five weeks of night shoots.
good because it is a film about the road, to be on the road in
in cars. Like I said, the loneliness and the desolation, how
come together in those situations, bizarre situations. They could
bumped into anybody. He seems quite a nice guy in the beginning,
crew of the service station, he just wants a lift. His cars
down; he wants to get back to his wife. Its raining. They
give him a ride and he proceeds to terrorize them. But its
thats revealed because you dont see it I just
thought at the
beginning you should see another side to John Ryder, the amiable
the friendly guy, because you dont see it very often after
Once he starts f**king about in the car and breaking mobile phones,
sticking knives in peoples eyes, youve got an idea
of what this guys
The Popularity of Horror Films: Asked if theres something culturally
feeding the popularity of the genre, Sean Bean responded, I
know. I feel theres a sense of isolation in society today.
dont seem to be able to come together as they once did.
everyone feels a little lonely in some way. They cant quite
This guy, obviously somethings gone wrong somewhere. He
very strange ways. But I do think theres something to be
that, the isolation that we feel, I suppose, today in certain
Theres a sort of fear of getting to know anyone, to trust
to become loners.
Its Good to be Bad: Sean Bean said he really enjoys playing the
villain. He was a good guy in Silent Hill and found that to be
but boring. Id obviously like to explore different
areas and I want
to do something a little bit lighter, but Im quite happy
parts that I play. Every supposedly bad guy has a different story
different intellect and a different approach to how they see
Thats what makes it interesting, so I dont look at
it in terms of bad
guys and villains. I just think of people who are psychologically
different and nonconformist.
The joy is that you can do almost anything
you want and youve got the
freedom to sort of push the boundaries, which is extremely challenging
and exciting. I mean, with actors like Nicolas Cage, you cant
put your finger on what he does but he pushes the boundaries.
dense, very profound. Hes very interesting to watch. I
know what he does, but what hes doing works. I always hope
whatever part I play, that theres a dark side to every
Youre playing a good guy, theres a dark side, so
I always look at it
like that. I think if you try to play a bad guy as mean and vicious
villainous, then you just look at the dark side and theres
going to be blackness. Likewise, if I ever play the good guy,
theres a little edge of darkness to him too. Thats
what makes us who