If nothing else, Sean Bean is really good at dying. He's made a career out of it on the big screen, and the Silent Hill: Revelations and Lord of the Rings star is really good at biting the dust in dramatic fashion. But he's done it so much, one of his most famous deaths didn't even make his personal top five. So what beat out Game of Thrones?
As most Thrones fans know, Bean's Eddard Stark lost his life at the pointy end of a beheading. But for Bean, that scene apparently didn't stand out too much.
He revealed his top five personal death scenes in an interview with Little White Lies, with genre classics Lord of the Rings and Equilibrium well represented. Bean rounded out his top five with Black Death (2010), Patriot Games (1992) and The Field (1990).
Hmm. Is something missing there?
Yep, Eddard Stark is nowhere to be seen. But it's hard to argue with what he did pick, because they're all pretty solid death scenes.
Bean even offered some insight on his selections, and his recounting of his epic Lord of the Rings death reveals just how much detail director Peter Jackson put into that moment:
"This one took quite a while, but it was a big production so we had a lot of time to get it right. It happens at the end of the film, so they wanted to make a big splash - whoever was going to die was going to do so in spectacular fashion. Peter [Jackson] spent quite a bit of time on that particular death, choreographing every detail and planning how he was going to film parts of it in slow motion and what music he was going to use.What do you think of Bean's picks? Should Game of Thrones have made the cut?
"There's a big fight which wears Boromir down and, little by little, these ugly beasts get the better of him. That moment when I'm down on my knees and I'm looking up at Lurtz is incredibly powerful. It's a very heroic death. I had this harness on with these arrows fixed into it which was quite heavy, but that was the only way to make it look as if these arrows are really stuck in you. If you look at that scene, there's never a point where you see an arrow being fired directly into me. It's done in a very clever way where the camera cuts to me at the moment of impact and I react as if I've been hit. It's the reactions that make it."
(Via Little White Lies)