Sean Bean, who became famous for dying in almost every movie and series is now rejecting roles where he ends up dead.
If you think you have it bad, then imagine dying every time you completed a job. Welcome to Sean Bean’s world. The actor's character was beheaded in HBO's 'Game of Thrones', shot with arrows on his back in 'The Lord of the Rings', and was torn into pieces by horses in 'Black Horses'. But dying so much has taken its toll on Bean, who has died 21 bloody deaths in an incredible 23-year career as an actor.
‘I’ve got a new life and a new wife, and I wish he could have met Ashley and me grandkids.’ Sean Bean speaks to Robert Crampton about the loss of his father, his new role in World on Fire and turning 60https://t.co/T7kQZq9FcY pic.twitter.com/Zb4VevOADf— Times Weekend (@timesweekend) September 15, 2019
Finally, now, the 60-year-old has decided it’s time for a change and is refusing to play any role where he dies. As reported by Sun, the actor said, "I’ve turned down stuff. I’ve said, ‘They know my character’s going to die because I’m in it!’. I just had to cut that out and start surviving, otherwise, it was all a bit predictable. I did do one job and they said, ‘We’re going to kill you’, and I was like, ‘Oh no!’ and then they said, ‘Well, can we injure you badly?’ and I was like, ‘OK, so long as I stay alive this time’. I’ve played a lot of baddies, they were great but they weren’t very fulfilling — and I always died."
GoldenEye deserves a special place for being the only(?) film where Sean Bean dies three times. pic.twitter.com/BJ51NZixsf— Jacopo della Quercia (@Jacopo_della_Q) June 6, 2019
The actor was more than comfortable with playing characters who ended up dead and buried until he was handed the iconic role of Ned Stark in the very famous 'Game of Thrones'. Ned was killed in the penultimate episode of the first series, which was made up of 10 episodes in 2011. We all know what a huge hit the show was transforming the likes of Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner into megastars, while Sean watched at home.
nothing but respect for my favourite fictional dad sean bean pic.twitter.com/YqfipSiOjP— ben (@starkrings) September 8, 2019
Sean added, "I’d read the Game Of Thrones books and they said to me, ‘You do die in this, but it’s near the end of the series’. And I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, fair enough’. So, they made it very clear at the time I was going to die, and I thought, ‘I don’t want to get stuck in one of these series that lasts seven years’. But I wish I’d have got stuck now. But it was very clear what George RR Martin wanted to happen to Ned — and it did."
The death of his character sparked social media campaign Don’t Kill Sean Bean in 2014 after fans were sick of seeing him dead over and over again.