Sean Bean has had it with dying on screen. The British actor is well-known for taking on roles that are eventually killed off. His turn as Ned Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones prompted a massive wave of means referencing the many times Bean has died in shows and movies.
Now at 60-years-old, the veteran actor reveals he has turned down roles that don’t make it to the credit roll.
“I’ve turned down stuff,” Bean says to United Kingdom news outlet The Sun. “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, ‘OK, so long as I stay alive this time,'” the actor recalls.
One reason why Bean has met multiple instances of on-screen demise is that he’s been playing so many villainous characters.
“I’ve played a lot of baddies, they were great but they weren’t very fulfilling — and I always died,” he says about playing the bad guy.
As for his iconic role as Ned Stark, the actor revealed that he initially didn’t want to be apart of a long-running series.
“I thought, ‘I don’t want to get stuck in one of these series that lasts seven years.'”
But after the show became a massive worldwide phenomenon, Bean admits that he definitely missed out saying “But I wish I’d have got stuck now!”