No fan Q&A with Sean Bean would be complete without some reminiscing about his nerdier projects.
Bean took to Reddit yesterday to participate in that site's ever-popular "Ask Me Anything" feature, and while he was mostly there to promote his new TV series Legends, he also fielded plenty of questions about food, England and, of course, his work on Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings and other genre films and shows. You can read the whole thing here, and it's all quite entertaining, but we thought we'd round up some of the nerdier talk here for your enjoyment.
On who he'd rather have at his back in battle:
One fan asked if Bean would rather fight alongside Robert Baratheon from Game of Thrones or Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings. His answer might surprise you.
"Robert Baratheon. He's [actor Mark Addy] from Yorkshire. That's why. Why not Aragorn? If Robert got ahold of you, he'd crush you. You'd be careful not to get caught."
On his favorite Lord of the Rings scene to film:
Though he doesn't appear in the entire trilogy, Bean got in quite a few memorable moments as Boromir in The Lord of the Rings, from the meme-generating Council of Elrond sequence to his touching death scene. His favorite moment, though, is one of the quieter ones.
"We did a good scene with me and Viggo [Mortensen], where we just sat together chatting about our past and where we grew up and where we came from, you know, discussing how much was at stake at that particular point in the film. I always remember that. I enjoyed working with Viggo very much, I enjoyed working with everyone, but Viggo and I got on very well together."
On his famous Game of Thrones farewell:
Bean's final Game of Thrones scene was in many ways the first major shock in a show packed with major shocks. It was a shock to him, too.
"I mean, I knew it was coming, you know?
"But when I read it, you know, it just comes out of the blue and was a nasty shock. Especially after Ned Stark thought he'd got some agreement between Joffrey and the various factions, and for them to renege on that deal was pretty shocking.
"The scene was shot in Malta, in this big square in Malta, I think they built it, like a big public square, and it was good, it was weird, you know? Because they made a cast of my head with hair on it, I've got some pictures of me holding my head. And it was fun. I don't know, you kind of just have to imagine what it's like to have your head chopped off, Ann [sic] Boleyn and how she must have felt. But it was the manner in which it was done, it was all the more tragic for that."
On becoming a meme:
Here's Bean's response when a fan asked if anyone had ever said "One does not simply ..." to him, a reference to his Lord of the Rings Council of Elrond line that's become a massive meme.
"They've not, I've seen people with t-shirts on, and I've said it myself. Wait, I guess they have. A few too many drinks, and one says 'one does not simply this' or 'one does not simply that.' It's a line I say in Lord of the Rings, innit? One does not simply walk into Mordor. It's a great line because you can apply anything to it. It's immortalized."
On his favorite Game of Thrones scene to film:
As with Lord of the Rings, Bean focused on a quiet moment from season one the HBO series.
"There was a scene with Bran near the tree -- that legendary kind of family tree of the Starks, near the pool of water, and I enjoyed that scene. I enjoyed the scenes with Lena as well. She's great fun."
On the Silent Hill ending:
When asked about the "real" ending of the 2006 videogame adaptation he co-starred in, Bean took an optimistic approach.
"I think it was all a dream. I didn't die? That's probably why I don't remember."
Boromir vs. Ned Stark:
When asked who would win in a fight between his two iconic fantasy characters, Bean's answer was to the point.
An odd story about his National Treature co-star, Nicolas Cage:
Because why not?
"There was one where I went back to Nic Cage's house, and we'd had a few drinks, we were playing pool and he accidentally knocked over his prehistoric cave bear skull and smashed it. And he was really upset about it, and the next day went and buried it in a field."