Sean Bean explains why he didn't make it into the Hobbit trilogy

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Dec 17, 2012

Director Peter Jackson got most of the old gang back together when he was putting together his Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy The Hobbit—but a few former castmates didn't make the cut. So why didn't Sean Bean (Boromir) get an invite?

Blame that darn continuity, as The Hobbit takes place about 60 years before the events of Lord of the Rings.

Despite his recent acclaim in the hit series Game of Thrones, Bean said he wasn't invited back because his character wasn't around during the Hobbit-era of J.R.R. Tolkien's writings, so he didn't fit.

The human characters such as Boromir would've been too young, but the timeline did allow for characters of other races (i.e. elves, wizards, hobbits, etc.) to pop back up.

Bean told Digital Spy:

"[My character] wasn't around at that time, in The Hobbit, and I don't know if Viggo [Mortensen] as Aragorn was. And they're sticklers for getting things absolutely right and trying to faithfully translate the book, so they're not likely to stick me or Aragorn in there just for the sake of it."
Makes sense, and it's good to hear that Jackson made a conscious decision to keep things as close as possible to the original concept (albeit with some additional adventures thrown in).

But we'll definitely miss Boromir in this new adventure. What do you think? Are you glad they opted not to bring back the human characters that didn't fit the timeline?

(Via Digital Spy)