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Sean Bean Reveals His Favorite Death Scene & He's Done Quite A Few

Sean Bean is a British actor and Hollywood star who has been in such films as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and the James Bond film Goldeneye as well as hit TV series such as Sharpe and Game of Thrones. However, despite being a lauded and much-beloved actor with many plaudits to his name, you may remember him for something else.


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He's the guy that always dies. Yes, a strange quirk of Bean's rugged and stoic demeanor means that he quite often ends up playing roles in which his character is killed off and it hasn't gone unnoticed by the internet who have supercut his many deaths together as well as starting a campaign to save him from continuing on-screen deaths.

Bean himself seems unperturbed by his consistent dying although he has admitted he would have liked to stay onscreen in more of his roles but when you're a jobbing actor, work is work and no one dies better than the great Sean Bean. He's been beheaded, pulled apart by horses, crushed by a flaming satellite dish, stampeded by cows, and skewered with an anchor, but there’s one onscreen death that stands above all.

It is his death in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring that has a special place in Sean's heart where, incidentally, he takes three arrows to the chest. Speaking of the scene Bean says: “It’s my favorite death scene, and I’ve done a few,” he says, laughing. “You couldn’t ask for a more heroic death.”

Director Peter Jackson considered using CG arrows, but he ultimately opted for the old-fashioned approach: sticking arrows into a metal breastplate under Bean’s clothes. As soon as Jackson called “Action!” Bean would mime getting shot. 

Here's to many more great films and probably many more great death scenes Sean!

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