Many of us cherish the memories of our childhood. Those were the times when we could be carefree and play without any real-life worries. As we grew up, the times we left behind became a sweet world of fantasy. Game of Thrones star Sean Bean attempted to relive those moments in an interview with The Financial Times.
He said, “As a kid, I was interested in nature. When I grew up in Sheffield in the ’60s and ’70s it was a big industrial city. It also had a lot of trees, countryside and wildlife – there are huge pockets of woodland and fields. We couldn’t wait to get out, especially in the long summer holiday, and go and make dens. We loved farms, derelict farms – there was a fascination in that. Or just an old scrapheap with cars on it that we’d climb in and out of. It was lethal. There were still bomb craters, big, deep things from the second world war. Everybody used to meet there for a fight and stuff after school.”
Sean continued, “Anyway, I couldn’t wait to get out to play and kick around a football, and we’d only come in when it started getting dark. I also got into birdwatching, so I used to go with my mates to Flamborough Head, Sherwood Forest, Clumber Park, places like that. My granddad did a lot of vegetable and fruit gardening. And there was my next-door neighbour, a guy called Ron Howard, who was our neighbour for about 40 or 50 years. I learnt a lot from both of them. I gradually grew into gardening as well.”
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Hobbies are a great way of calming the mind while keeping one’s passion alive. Some of us slip into reading books or watching TV, while some others take more creative approaches like gardening. Game of Thrones star Sean Bean recently talked to the Financial Times about his childhood hobbies. He also talked about his love for gardening.
Sean said, “Acting is probably the last thing on my mind when I’m gardening: it’s nice to get away from all that. I think it helps my work in the end because it frees the mind from everyday stress, the nitty-gritty. And you realise that things are not quite as important as you think they are.”
“I find I just focus on the moment. It’s a kind of mindful process: you know where you are, you know you’re in the present. But at the same time, your mind is wandering and visualising and imaging colours and structures and shapes. It’s precise, in the sense that you know exactly what you’re doing, but other ideas are also formulating – you’re planning for the future without really recognising that. It’s an interesting state of mind.”
Sean Bean recently talked about the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel play at Broadway. What do you think about gardening as a hobby? Talk to us in the comments below!
Game of Thrones boasted a host of highly talented actors on its roster. Veteran actor Sean Bean was one of the big names who starred in the fantasy epic. His character, Ned Stark, was a fan-favourite character in the first season. However, he met the same fate Sean Bean’s roles are notoriously famous for; he couldn’t last for more than one season. Sean is currently starring in the sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer. This time, he was actually worried he would be killed off on-screen again. In an interview with The New York Times, the actor revealed he was relieved his character was still alive.
He said, “It was a bit worrying, actually! I forgive you for thinking it might be the end. I think everyone expects me to die at some point in this series. That’s what I do.”
“I worked on a film recently called “Possessor,” and I was supposed to die in that. I asked them: “Why don’t you just badly injure me instead? You can put me in a wheelchair.” They said OK. So by the end of the film, I’ve got brain damage, but at least I’m alive. I’m not really that bothered by dying if there is a justifiable reason for it, but I don’t want to keep dying all the time. And it kind of gives the game away if you see me and you think, “How long is this guy going to last?” So when I do survive, it’s a bit of a surprise!”
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When an actor plays a role, they base their performance on a real-life character. Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean is portraying a villainous character, Wilford, on the show Snowpiercer. There were a lot of real-life personas he took inspiration from. But he revealed his easiest target- Former US President Donald Trump. In an interview with The New York Times, he talked about how he blended into his villainous character.
Sean said, “He’s [Trump] an easy target. [Laughs.] If I’m honest, I used to enjoy watching Donald Trump. I found him highly entertaining and rather funny. I didn’t trust him. I didn’t like much of his policies, or what he believed in. But he talked like a regular guy and that kind of brought you in. He also could just dismiss someone very quickly and start laughing about it. I couldn’t help but notice that and apply a little of that attitude in Wilford.”
He continued, “Trump liked to use the rhetoric and the platitudes that a lot of American presidents use, including Joe Biden: “We’re all in this fight together” or “Loyalty is rewarded.” It sounds a little more sinister coming from Wilford, but it’s the same kind of message — it sounds grand, but it doesn’t actually mean anything. Wilford’s a good orator. He likes the sound of his own voice, and he likes dressing up to address an audience. That’s why he’s successful — he’s attractive, charming and witty. But that just masks the savagery, barbarism and cruelty.”
Recently Charles Dance talked about channelling Trump for his character in Mank. What do you think of Sean’s portrayal of Wilford? Talk to us in the comments below!