BANG! NEWS – Sean Bean is sick of dying onscreen.
The 60-year-old actor is so fed up with his alter-egos meeting untimely deaths onscreen – including being beheaded in Game of Thrones and killed by arrows in Lord of the Rings – that Sean is now rejecting all roles that end in his character’s death.
He told The Sun newspaper: “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, ‘Okay, 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.”
And Sean admitted he is still upset about his character Ned Stark being killed in season one of Game of Thrones.
He explained, “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.”
And Sean has seen his co-stars, including Sophie Turner who played his daughter Sansa, go on to become huge stars.
He said, “They’re bigger stars than me. They were so much younger at the time as it was eight years ago, but now you see them in Vogue and all these magazines. It’s a fairytale come true.”