For a change in ‘Legends,’ Sean Bean doesn’t have a death scene

First Published Aug 09 2014 01:01AM      Last Updated Aug 10 2014 05:40 pm

Sean Bean has died on film. A lot.

A couple of those deaths have been really high profile. His character in "The Lord of the Rings," Boromir, was killed in a hail of orc arrows. His character in "Game of Thrones," Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark, was beheaded.

Bean has been cast as a walking dead man at least 23 more times. He’s been shot nine times and stabbed/slashed three times, and there were plenty of more, um, unusual deaths:

• He was bayonetted in "War Requiem" (1989).

• He was buried alive in "Don’t Say a Word" (2001).

• He was crushed by a giant antenna in "GoldenEye" (1995).



“Legends” premieres Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 7 and 9 p.m. on TNT.

• He killed himself in "Tell Me That You Love Me" (1991).

• He was hanged in "Henry VIII" (2003) and "The Island" (2005), the latter after being shot through the neck by a grappling hook.

• He was quartered — pulled apart by horses — in "Black Death" (2010).

• He was drowned in "Lorna Doone" (1990).

• He was beaten, impaled by a boat anchor and blown up in "Patriot Games" (1992).

• He froze to death in "Far North" (2007).

• And he was run off a cliff by a herd of stampeding cows in "The Field" (1990).

So it was at least a little bit funny when TNT, the home of Bean’s new series "Legends," gave TV critics T-shirts emblazoned with #dontkillseanbean.

Bean said the interest in his many deaths is "quite bizarre. I guess, well, I’ve died quite a few times, actually, and I’ve died a lot of different deaths. Maybe it’s the quality of my death they’re fascinated by.

"I’m still here, anyway."



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