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For a change in ‘Legends,’ Sean Bean doesn’t have a death scene
Television » He’s starring as an undercover operative in the new TNT drama “Legends.”
First Published Aug 09 2014 01:01 am • 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.

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

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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).

• 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).


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• 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."

And his favorite death scene?

"I liked ‘Lord of the Rings’ — that death," he said. "I was quite happy. Big death."

Bean is currently starring in "Legends," a new spy drama on TNT. He stars as Martin Odum, an undercover agent who works for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations. He has an uncanny ability to convince the bad guys he’s someone other than who he really is.

Except that Martin Odum may not be who he thinks he is, as he learns in the first episode of "Legends."

"It’s sort of, kind of a Russian [nesting] doll of who he really is," said executive producer David Wilcox. "And that’s really what this show is about. It’s about a guy who his identity is kind of the driving question."

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