For the first time in his nearly forty year career, actor Sean Bean has made it to the end of a film without dying.
Director Peter Jackson says he knew he was going out on a limb casting Bean in the atypical role of a character who doesn’t die, but he was ultimately impressed by Bean’s acting prowess.
“It took him a while to get it down. His character kept accidentally getting beheaded by an evil king or murdered by squad of roving goblins during filming,” recounted Jackson, “but in the end he was able to make it work.”
Bean admitted that the role was by far his most challenging yet.
“We’d be doing the scene where I talk to my son about growing up, and I’d suddenly be overcome by the urge to jump into a flaming speedboat as it explodes against some rocks,” said Bean. “But you learn to overcome those kinds of things and and just live.”
At press time, Jackson had announced plans for a sequel in which Bean would be disemboweled in the opening scene.
Falconetti contributed to this article.