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!”
What would have happened if Ned was alive for a few more seasons on Game of Thrones? Tell us what you think in the comments below!
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!
When Game of Thrones first aired, Sean Bean’s Ned Stark was one of the most beloved characters on the show. Alas, his character didn’t survive the first season (something Sean is notoriously famous for). Ned Stark’s death did build the foundation for the Stark children to fulfil their destiny. Two years after the completion of the fantasy series, a new play about Robert Baratheon’s rebellion is under works at Broadway. The drama will bring back several of the fan-favourite characters including Ned Stark and Jaime Lannister. Let’s see what Sean Bean, who played the noble Lord of Winterfell, has to say about that.
Bean recently talked to The New York Times in an interview about his series The Snowpiercer. On being asked about the play, he said, “Is that King Robert Baratheon? I keep hearing about so many different remakes. I mean, there’s a “Lord of the Rings” series coming, too. I might be too old to play Ned Stark again. That’s the trouble, isn’t it? It depends on how far you go back, doesn’t it? I’d love to reprise the role. Maybe they could do that thing they did with Robert De Niro in “The Irishman,” do a few alterations! [Laughs.] I don’t see why not.”
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The year 2020 was eventful for a lot of Game of Thrones fans all over the world. Several prequels and spin-off shows are under development at HBO. House of The Dragon is already on its way to be released in 2022. However, some of the ideas for new TV shows exploring the Game of Thrones universe were lost in the process. Max Borenstein, co-writer of Godzilla vs. Kong, was involved with one such project which was scrapped later. He recently revealed more details about the story in an interview with Collider.
The writer said that he had an amazing experience and is extremely proud of the tremendous amount of work they did, admitting that he can’t say much about the mysterious project. When asked how far he’d gotten into it or whether it had a title, Borenstein said, “It was very developed in terms of the world; there was a script, there were outlines, and we had a title. We had a lot of stuff.”
Borenstein hopes that one day his project will have its moment. He went on to clarify that the (now) Game of Thrones universe is an important proprietary brand. It’s up to HBO in terms of what information gets released, even regarding scrapped projects.
It is impossible to know what Borenstein’s series was about. What do you think? Talk to us in the comments below!