Sean Bean Is So Tired Of Dying On Screen, He’s Now Rejecting Roles Where He Gets Killed
Published in Jan 2020 / Updated in Feb 2021
He was beheaded in Games of Thrones, brutally ripped to shreds in Black Death, probably the only man to be taken out by a cow in The Field, and shot with multiple arrows in Lord of The Rings.
If you haven’t guessed who yet, we are talking about Sean Bean, the actor who dies in almost every TV series or movie he plays in.
After three decades of acting out death scenes, Sean Bean is truly fed up with his character getting killed every time. He has now taken a drastic measure to reject roles in which his role’s fate lands him six feet underneath.
In a recent interview, he revealed that he won’t be taking up any more roles where the character dies: he has already been killed a whole 23 times on screen.
Speaking to The Sun, Sean Bean 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.'”
In many roles he played in, the character almost certainly had to die for the story to work because he was the villain.
He shared some of the roles he had taken on:
“I’ve played a lot of baddies, they were great, but they weren’t very fulfilling — and I always died.”
“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 (GoT author) George RR Martin wanted to happen to Ned — and it did.”
It’s not just Bean that’s fed up with his characters always dying. His fans were also tired of seeing the actor die, even starting the viral #dontkillseanbean campaign back in 2014.
Moving onto his recent role as Douglas Bennett in the BBC One miniseries World on Fire, Bean is happy that his character (for once) sticks around, for now.
Here’s the full list of Sean Bean characters who have died:
Ranuccio “Caravaggio” (1986) German Soldier“WarRequiem” (1989) Tadgh McCabe “The Field” (1990) Carver Doone “Lorna Doone” (1990) Robert Lovelace “Clarissa” (1991) Gabriel Lewis “Screen One: Tell Me That You Love Me” (1991) Sean Miller “Patriot Games” (1992) Lord Richard Fenton “Scarlett” (1994) Alec Trevelyan “Goldeneye” (1995) Dave Toombs “Airborne” (1998) Jason Locke “Essex Boys” (2000) Patrick Koster “Don’t Say a Word” (2001) Boromir “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) Cleric Errol Partridge Equilibrium (2002) Robert Aske Henry VIII (2003) Dr. Merrick The Island (2005) John Ryder The Hitcher (2007) Bryant Outlaw (2007) Loki Far North (2007) John Dawson Red Riding: 1974 (2008) Pyke Kubic / Reese KubicCa$h (2010) UlrichBlack Death (2010) Markus KaneDeath Race 2 (2010) Jones Age of Heroes (2011) Lord Eddard “Ned” StarkGame of Thrones: Baelor (2011) Harry Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) Frank Stinson Wicked Blood (Bad Blood) (2014) Inspector John Marlott The Frankenstein Chronicles: Lost and Found (2015) Regis Lucis Caelum Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016; animated)