Sean Bean has played several numerous characters onscreen, ranging from Boromir in “Lord of the Rings” to double-0 agent turned Bond villain Alec Trevelyan in “GoldenEye” to Ned Stark in “Game of Thrones”.
In addition to those characters being memorable, they also have one huge factor in common: they all die.
In fact, Bean’s numerous onscreen deaths (his characters have also bought the farm in films including “Patriot Games”, “Equilibrium”, “The Island” and about a dozen more) have spawned a seemingly endless supply of hilarious memes, such as these:
There’s even a YouTube compilation of all of Bean’s onscreen deaths, which has amassed an impressive 2.6 million views.
Bean is well aware of the memes, and is declaring that he’ll no longer take on a role that culminates with his character’s demise.
“I’ve turned down stuff. I’ve said, ‘They know my character’s going to die because I’m in it!’” the 60-year-old actor said in a recent interview with The Sun.
“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, ‘Okay, so long as I stay alive this time,’” Bean added.
Discussing Ned Stark’s “Game of Thrones’ death, Bean reveals that he was initially cool with it, figuring it would prevent him from getting “stuck in one of these series that lasts seven years.”
Looking back at the show’s subsequent success, however, he now feels differently. “I wish I’d have got stuck now,” he jokes. “But it was very clear what [Game of Thrones author] George R.R. Martin wanted to happen to Ned — and it did.”