If there’s one actor who knows how to do a good death scene, it’s surely Sean Bean.
On screen, the English star has been beheaded, pulled apart by horses, crushed by a flaming satellite dish, and skewered with an anchor.
Bean has died in roles ranging from Ned Stark in Game of Thrones to agent 006 in Goldeneye. Analysis by The Nerdist found he died in a third of his films.
The actor has now revealed that his favourite death was one shot in New Zealand – that of Boromir in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
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“It’s my favourite death scene, and I’ve done a few,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “You couldn’t ask for a more heroic death.”
Director Peter Jackson considered using CGI arrows but eventually opted for a practical alternative, with Bean wearing a metal breastplate under his costume that the arrows were embedded in.
He had to mime getting shot every time the cameras started rolling.
Bean said the character’s final words, which are gasped to friend Aragorn (played by Viggo Mortensen), were devised by him, Jackson, scriptwriter Fran Walsh and Mortensen over beers the night before the scene was filmed.
As a death veteran, Bean had a few words of advice for anyone trying to act out a final moment.
“You can’t show off,” he said. “You can’t be vain or posing…. Because every time you die, it’s a big f…ing moment!”