Let’s face it, Sean Bean has become one of the best character actors in the world–who dies in almost every movie he is in. It’s become something of an ongoing joke and even though he isn’t the “most-killed” actor in Hollywood, he comes in at a close 4th behind Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, and John Hurt. Bean has died 25 times on screen, which makes choosing a favorite death scene a little hard. Regardless, Bean himself has finally revealed his favorite death scene and we have the scoop!
When he was asked about his favorite death scene, he picked one that most fans could easily agree with: Boromir from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
“It’s my favorite death scene, and I’ve done a few. You couldn’t ask for a more heroic death.”
Boromir’s death in the first LOTR film was pretty epic. After watching him make passes and plays for the Ring somewhat surreptitiously through the film, he finally succumbs to it and outright tries to take it from Frodo. As the Orcs come in to take out the Fellowship and claim the ring for their lord and master, Boromir realizes which side he is truly on and sacrifices himself to save Frodo.
One of the reasons the death of Boromir was so memorable for Bean as well as fans of the series was that it wasn’t just a killer death (pun intended), it was a redemptive act. In just one scene, Bean was able to portray a character who was not trustworthy throughout the film… the audience knew he was thinking about taking the Ring for the defense of his own kingdom the whole time, but in the last moment, the character changes to reveal a man who is ready to atone for his past actions and truly save the day. In the film trilogy, it was a pivotal scene because it finally convinced Frodo that he needed to separate himself from the Fellowship and set out on his own to destroy the Ring.
Now that the world knows which death scene Sean Bean loves the most, he might start doing a movie or two where he actually gets to see the credits roll. He has gotten through a television show or film every so often without having his head roll, but it’s rare. Which is your favorite Sean Bean death scene? Sound off in the comments and let us know!
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