Transcript for Christmas Chillout read by Sean on BBC Radio Christmas 2006 Thanks Moonlustie for making it and allowing me to use it !
15th December 2005 Subject: Dreaming of a White Christmas
Well who would have thought it, you on the other side of the world enjoying Christmas under tropical palms. I still can’t believe your sister won that holiday for two and off the back of a packet of biscuits. I suppose it’s a good payoff for all those years she’s put in eating them. Glad you’re picking up my emails. Got your email and the list of things to remember, printed it out and put it on the handwritten one you gave me at the airport and the one you left on the fridge and the one you put on the bedside cabinet. Oh and the one you stuck on the toilet cistern, don’t worry, I will remember to leave the seat down and please don’t worry about Julie and Robert, the kids are in capable hands. I think you’ll be surprised at how smoothly it goes while you’re away. After all it’s only Christmas what could go wrong? Very cold here, all forecasts point to snow. Carl at the bookmakers is not so smug as he was in August when I put that bet on a white Christmas. The dog is looking very mournful; I think he’s missing you. So am I.
Your loving husband Alan
16th December 2005 Subject: I’ll Be Lonely This Christmas
Just to let you know you can put your mind at rest. I’ve done all the Christmas shopping, presents and food combined. I didn’t even set food in the High Street, I bought everything on-line. Beats trailing ‘bout supermarkets any day and if they don’t have what you’re looking for on the shelf, they substitute something else and that’s what I call service. That little Kevin’s Mum picking Julie up from school, very interested to hear that you are away over Christmas, kept asking how long you’d be gone and when you would be coming back. She told me all about her break up with Little Kevin’s Dad and how lonely she feels. Did you know that she used to be an exotic dancer; she showed me some of her moves on the way home. Called Robert at University and had a nice chat, not with him but the young chap he lodges with, said Robert couldn’t come to the phone but sends his love. Apparently he was feeling a bit tired and emotional, all that studying I expect. Dog is still very sad, follows me everywhere whimpering. We both feel the same.
Lonely without you. Alan
19th December 2005 Subject: Deck the Halls with ….
Sorry not to have emailed you but we’ve been very busy decorating the house and putting up the tree. The houses on the Close all look very festive, and as usual, Peter from the pet shop is in competition with that fellow down the hill, the one with the earring who lays tarmac. Peter says he’s going one better this year, he’s got a flashing Santa that is going up on the roof. I’m worried if he puts any more lights up we’ll have planes diverting from the airport. Little Kevin’s Mum stopped by, such a friendly woman, she’d just been Christmas shopping and was very keen to show me what she’d bought. Most of it seemed to be very expensive lingerie, thought she’d split up with Kevin’s Dad, I wonder who it’s for? No sign of the Christmas presents yet but not to worry these internet companies are very reliable. Must sign off, the dog’s started howling. I really don’t know what’s gotten into him. Glad you’re still enjoying yourself. Sorry to hear about your sister’s fall. Why was she up on the table in the first place?
20th December 2005
We’ve been in quite a panic here, didn’t realise that Julie’s nativity play is tomorrow, that she’s playing the Angel Gabriel and that we had to make a costume. Thankfully we found some old sheets in the wardrobe and cut them up. I got to work with my glue gun and some glitter and by the time we’d finished she looked like a fairy on top of the tree. Talking of decorations, must have words with that Peter about the flashing Santa, not sure it sets the right tone with the kiddies seeing Santa drop his trousers like that. Oh yeah, Granddad’s here. Turned up last night smelling of sherry and filling the flowerbed. Said the heating at the retirement home had broken down and that they’d all been sent packing. It didn’t looked closed to me when I drove past this morning but when asked about it he said he was still too traumatised to talk about it and started on the whisky. I thought your brother was having him this year, called him but kept getting his answer machine. The dog’s still making a racket; the neighbours are starting to complain
21st December 2005 Subject: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
All I can do is apologise, it seems the sheets we used for Julie’s costume were the new ones you were saving for best. I honestly thought as they were wrapped up in tissue paper they were ready to go to the jumble. If it’s any consolation, Julie looked heavenly as she appeared to the shepherds and their flocks in 100% Egyptian cotton. The audience seemed to like it; almost everyone was smiling and pointing. I must say little Kevin’s Mum certainly dressed up for the occasion, she came wearing an evening gown. At least I think that’s what it were, more straps and bare flesh than anything else and there’s a terrible draft blowing through that hall, she didn’t seem to mind, she was all smiles. In fact every time I turned round she was smiling at me. Pet shop Peter refused to take down the flashing Santa. After sharp words from me, offered to hide the offending portion behind a sleigh and reindeer setup. Not an ideal solution as any more decorations up there and we’ll have perpetual daylight in the Close. Maybe that’s why the dog’s in such a state. Do you think Peter’s lights could be upsetting his biological clock?
23rd December 2005 Subject: Beginning to Look Like Christmas
My advice is, if the hotel manager doesn’t like your sister dancing on the tables, tell him not to give her free cocktails. I certainly know where she gets it from, we found Granddad spread-eagled on the carpet this morning, he’d finished the whisky and gone on to the Tia Maria. Still no reply from your Brother. Weather’s getting colder, very overcast and threatening, not unlike Colin’s face when I went into the bookmakers this morning. The food shopping will be delivered tomorrow but still no sign of the presents. I’ve called the courier company, they say it was all despatched three days ago. Did some work in the front garden clearing up the last of the leaves. Saw pet shop Peter out in his garden testing a carp rod, just like the one I ordered on the internet. Great minds think alike I suppose; I didn’t know he even liked fishing. Poor little Kevin’s Mum walked by three times wearing practically nothing again, she never feels the cold, she’s a very hot person apparently, wish I was. Picked up the turkey today, it’s a beauty. Dog mercifully quiet at last.
Love Alan 24th December 2005 Subject: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Dear Carry It snowed all night, called Carl at the bookmakers first thing, will collect my winnings later. My delight was short-lived, however, as I came downstairs to find Julie’s hamster had died, forgot to switch the oil radiator on in the utility room and poor Misty was frozen stiff. Called pet shop Peter for a replacement but all he could offer was a guinea pig. Pointed out she might notice the difference; he suggested spraying it orange and tell her it had been overeating. I sometimes wonder if he has the right temperament to work with animals. Found Granddad lying under the Christmas tree pretending to be a present, he been eating a lick of chocolate baubles. To keep him out of trouble I got him prepping for Christmas lunch. Unfortunately peeling the spuds reminded him of his army days and that led to a demonstration of eight ways to kill a man one-handed. Called your brother again but still no reply and still no sign of our presents. Spoke with the courier and according to their records they had all been delivered, no sign of them this end, so they’re chasing them up. Must go Granddad’s just told me he can’t find the turkey.
24 December 2005 PM Subject: Do They Know Its Christmas?
We found the turkey and now I know why the dog was making so much noise. I thought Julie was feeding him but it turns out last thing to pass his lips was her maths homework nine days ago. When Granddad left the turkey out the dog took matters into his own paws. Tried putting my hand in his kennel to retrieve it but he showed me his teeth. What with the snow, I couldn’t get into town and as a last resort called pet shop Peter, he suggested a South American style Christmas Dinner then offered me four guinea pigs. Called the courier again, they say the presents were delivered and signed for. There’s nothing they can do until after Christmas, don’t know how I’m going to break this to Julie. Thankfully the food shopping’s arrived but there was a slight problem with the substitutions: wine gums instead of wine, Brussels pate instead of brussel sprouts, mints instead of mince pies and twenty-seven pints of custard. The only good news is Granddad went out after dark and hasn’t been seen since.
Christmas Day 2005 The most wonderful time of the year Dear Carry Merry Christmas, Granddad came in at 4am, said he’d been at the Derby and Jones Christmas party. How he got covered in mud I’ll never know but the good news is he won a turkey in the raffle. Must be a rare breed, very large with a very long neck. Broke the news to Julie about Santa being delayed, she took it quite well until she went to play with Misty and found the potato Granddad carved to like an hamster, he’d even painted the eyes in with a biro catching Misty’s vacant expression perfectly. His artistry is lost on Julie who is now refusing to leave her bedroom. Robert’s arrived, he’s got some good news, he’s dropped out of college and is touring with a band. Their van got stuck in the snow on the motorway, so all six of them are staying and doing a bit of band practice in his room. It’s a musical style I’m unfamiliar with called deaf metal. Little Kevin’s Mum turned up, all her pipes have burst in the cold, she looked like she’d catch her death in that wet t-shirt but she said she felt fine. Plummer can’t come until after Boxing Day so she and little Kevin are staying in Julie’s room. Just off to make the dinner, speak later.
Christmas Day PM 2005 Subject: You’re All I Want for Christmas
Dear Carry Dinner went well. Little Kevin’s Mum was very keen to help, in fact I couldn’t keep her out of the kitchen. Every time I turned around there she was holding up a little bunch of mistletoe. Though we had extra guests I was glad of our oversize Christmas bird until the police came round. Turns out there was a break in last night at that new farm on the outskirts of town, you may have seen it featured in the paper, they farm ostriches. Seems one of the birds went missing and they found Granddads pass to one side of a pile of plucked feathers. Police and the farm owner were very understanding after I paid for the bird and given a donation to the Ostrich Breeders Benevolent Fund, suffice to stay it put a bit of an hole in me winnings. Anyway it’s been a long day so I’m off to bed. I’m not sure he deserves it but I’ve swapped rooms with Granddad, he says the mattress on the spare bed is too soft and he’s being crippled by lower back pain, maybe this goes some way to explaining his behaviour. I’m missing you.
Love Alan Boxing Day 2005 Subject: Silent Night
We were up all night, little Kevin’s Mum had a bit of a shock and it was her screaming that woke up the house. It seems that she got a bit confused on the way back from the loo and accidentally got into our bed. The landing light was left on, so I don’t know how she missed the door but it seems once she was under the covers Granddad grabbed her and wouldn’t let go. Says he only held on because without his specs he thought she was a burglar. Poor Kevin’s Mum she was white as a sheet but Granddad took it all in his stride; in fact he couldn’t stop smiling. As it turned out it was lucky we were lucky we were up, I spotted smoke pouring from Peter’s house and called the fire brigade no a moment too soon. It was an electrical fire, apparently his flashing Santa was the last straw for an overburdened fuse box. The fireman sprayed foam all over everything, so while the mess is being cleared up, we’ve got Peter staying here as well. Thankfully there is more than enough ostrich and custard to go round.
Boxing Day PM Subject: Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Tried talking to Robert about university as you asked, they put forward quite a strong case in support of his joining the band. Seems he’s been thrown out for showing no interest in his studies. Tried suggesting we talk with the college but got sidetracked when his friends started turning up. Can’t remember agreeing to a party but Robert seems set on it, so I left him to make arrangements and went to help Peter sort out the mess. Imagine my surprise when I found all our internet shopping piled up in his garage. Peter didn’t realise it was ours, he been meaning to call and tell the courier it had come to the wrong address, how he didn’t notice those big labels with my name on I’ll never know. He looked quite downcast as we carried it all back here, I think the fire was playing on his mind but he cheered up no end when little Kevin’s Mum took him upstairs to demonstrate her exotic dancing. Julie’s over the moon with the presents and the guinea pig Peter gave her. Robert’s tuning up in the sitting room with his mates and happier than I’ve seen him in years. Granddad’s passing round the sandwiches, wrestling with ostriches and little Kevin’s Mum seems to have knocked years off him. All I can say is there’s certainly a bit more to Christmas than first meets the eye. I don’t know how you’ve managed to make it look so easy all these years. I’m counting the days, no, I’m counting the minutes till you return.
Your loving husband Alan
The most interesting part of most of us [actors] is our acting not our private lives. But that's not true of Viggo Mortensen, poet, painter and photographer. He and Sean Bean are the best of mates and two of the most peaceable hunks you could hope to laugh and drink with.
~excerpts from a post on Ian McKellen's official site~
We did try to go out and relieve tension, go to bars and that sort of thing. And crazy things would happen. We had a scale double, Kieran, and Viggo [Mortensen] would chase him down and attack him. And one night, when Sean Bean and Viggo were drinking, they decided to break into Orlando [Bloom]'s hotel room and kidnap him, dragging him screaming down the stairs. It was absolutely delightful.
~Elijah Wood in a Entertainment Weekly interview~
"Another story -- and this really is an index of the real man... I met him in LAX (Los Angeles airport), he'd come direct from New Zealand. We were both going to London. He was carrying what seemed like 20 bags and he's got this old man and old lady there. I asked Sean if I could give him a hand. After waiting a few minutes, I asked whether he was going to introduce me to his friends. 'Is this your Mum and Dad?' He said he'd love to introduce me to them but he didn't know their names. The rather dazed old couple introduce themselves...they were just an old couple who had been on the plane and had been struggling with their luggage, he'd decided to help them out. They had no idea who he was. We get to Heathrow and I'm running for a connection and out of the corner of my eye, I can see Sean very patiently taking their bags off, stacking them and steering them through customs. I don't believe, to this day, they had any idea who he was. The man is pure gold. I love him to death. He's just a thoroughly good man and a marvelous actor."
~John Rhys Davis in a 2003 interview~
“The room was incredibly small, and I was reading a scene from the script where I try to steal the ring from Frodo. And I sat there in the chair in the hotel room and tried to enact the role, but it was such a physical scene and hard to do in there…so when I later left the room I felt ‘shit, I could have done that a lot better.’ But obviously I must have done something right, since I got the part.”
~Sean on auditioning for Peter Jackson~
“We spent about five weeks rehearsing the swordplay and getting used to the weapons. So, by the time we started, we all had our distinctive styles. Viggo and I had these big, heavy swords, real chopping blades. Occasionally, someone missed a move, and people got bruises and stuff. But if you imagine the amount of battle scenes that we were doing, there’s always going to be somebody who gets a clunk.”
“Sean Bean and I made fun of the elves, and they made fun of us. They said we were dirty and smelly and less intelligent and graceful, all of which is probably true. We commented on their vanity: 'Well, when you are done with your nails, we are being attacked.”
"I’m not a very good flier, though I’m getting better. It’s the turbulence which really gets me. Orlando and I decided to drive and take the ferry instead. The only problem was Orlando’s propensity for shopping. He had to stop at every shop to get Christmas presents. It was pouring with rain, so I was saying: 'Look, we've got to get going or there's going to be a landslide'. And sure enough, there was. We turned back to find another one so we were stuck in the middle of nowhere. They sent a chopper to airlift us out- even worse than a Dakota! It was still raining and we were flying through mountain passes and the windscreen wipers were going like mad. I said: ‘Can’t you just drop us in that field?’ but they wouldn’t. I was gripping Orlando’s kneecap so hard I must have nearly broken it. He was saying: ‘It’s OK’ but he still takes the piss out of me for that.”
“I took a car trip down towards the Southern Island with Sean Bean. We were filming down there, but Sean’s not into flying. And as we were driving, torrential rain started pouring down. You’ve never seen this much rain. I was videoing it and thinking, ‘This is insane.’ It didn’t stop, for, like twelve hours. And after nine hours of heavy rain, the roads just started to wash away. Then we saw this massive landslide coming right towards us. We spun the car around, but we ran into another one further up the road. So we pulled to this petrol station where there was already a queue of people. And we managed to find a little cottage, where they let us stay. They had to carry us out in a helicopter, in all this torrential rain, which was kind of hairy. Sean was gutted. He’d done this whole drive just to avoid the flight.”
“We were traveling down by road from the top of the South Island, from Wellington to Queenstown, and it’s about a ten hour journey, and it just happened that we had a lot of water…a lot of rainfall…and the road we were on was only a two lane road, and banks collapsed behind us and in front of us…we were sort of stuck in this little place for a couple of days…me and Orlando Bloom…”
“Two of the actors, Sean Bean and Orlando Bloom, have been caught between two landslides and are now trapped in a tiny town in the middle of the South Island. They have been taken in by a kindly woman who has offered them food and a bed. They were last reported to be cooking spaghetti and cracking into a bottle of red wine.” -Peter Jackson~
"We all got together one night near the end of the shoot. We’d had a few drinks and decided we needed to get something to celebrate this so the experience would live forever in our memories. I was the last one to get it. Orlando dragged me out to get it down in New York recently. I think everyone thought I'd chicken out, but I've completed the circle now."
"Their Winnebago for makeup was called the Cuntebago. I was not a part of the Cuntebago unfortunately-it was the makeup room of Orlando, Viggo, and Sean Bean-but it was a lovely place to visit.” ~ Elijah Wood in Rolling Stone, 2002.~
Q: If I ask you what you think about the rest of the cast, what is the first thing that comes to your mind if I name you, for instance, Sean Bean?
A: He's a terrific actor, and a good friend, very good companion, the best possible. We had really good connection, and I think that helped us to develop our roles. We shared a lot and the truth is I miss him a lot. I think that you can feel the connection on the film, we will see it more in, well, I cannot tell you how, but there will be some flask back, some really good stuff in the third part. But his work has ended with us and I miss him. A good friend. I don't know if he's going to travel to NZ this year, when we go to do some more shooting in may or June, when we are going to film some more and finish the things well.
“...and then he (Viggo) just rugby-tackled me for some reason, you know, really like BANG. I wondered what had hit me, you know? I'd say, "What are you doing?" and he'd be like...(mimics a hoarse, insane laugh) He's an extraordinary guy, really, he believes in the truth in everything he does, I think, no matter what it is. And if he doesn't, he doesn't do it.”
“Sean Bean was a real brother in arms, storywise, but also actor-to-actor and man-to-man. He was a most valuable ally to me.”
“He's (Orlando) a lovely guy, but he's a good guy, got a really good heart. But we're very different in some ways -- I'm from up north, he's from down south, and I call him "southern softie" and he calls me...(laughing) "the northern bastard."
“I wasn't very good at the canoes, really. I mean, I couldn't ever sort of get the sense to put it over that way to do a left and all that lot, and I just kept getting lost and I had to be towed back in. And Orlando was quite good, he'd practiced a lot more than I had and was always so...(imitates paddling a boat, back straight, chin up, very aloof)...you know, very graceful. But so anytime I could give his boat, his canoe a little knock with my oar, I would, so he'd be sent 'round the wrong way, and they'd say "Action" and he'd -- "I can't! It's Bean, he's put my boat in the wrong direction!"
“We spent a whole year of our lives together. We learned to socialize and accept people from different backgrounds, as we do in the Fellowship in the film. We all used to go out together, and then the hobbits would break off and play pool. If I wasn’t hanging out with the guys in the Fellowship, I’d hang with Viggo Mortensen. You could say he was my best friend on the film.”
“We were shooting a lot at night, and the scene where we fight the serpent in the water, that was really hard. That was tough because it was really cold in New Zealand at the time- it was winter and the water wasn’t heated and we were in our costumes for a night shoot that went 12 or 14 hours. That was tough. That was really tough. I thought I was going to be required the following evening and I was like ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do it again in that f**king cold.’ But then I got a call saying ‘Hey Sean, it looks like we might not need you tonight. We’re going to do this digitally. I thought, ‘Oh, that’s great.’ But I think just the sheer excitement and thrill of being involved in such a thing just carried you through the days when you’re tired. It’s only afterwards, when I was finished, that it just hit me and I felt exhausted.
“I left the set three months before the others, which felt strange. I wanted to be with them in the fantasy world, not stuck in traffic in England. It was quite an anticlimax.”
“They sucked so much power from you, physically as well as mentally. Mostly physically. We fought with snow and ice cold water in the winter, and heat in the summer, always carrying heavy equipment, carrying sword and shield during long battle scenes. You fed off the adrenaline.”
“Lord of the Rings was just so much enjoyment. It was over about the space of a year that I was filming. It’s one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done…so emotional.”
“It was sort of a thriving sort of social life. We were all together, very much as a group, living very close to each other for a year and a half. I’ll always remember it, because I made some great friends over there, and it’s a great country. That’s a great way to spend your life, isn’t it? I mean, it was for me, and every day you’d be thinking, This is brilliant.”
“We all went through this incredible experience together. I made some great friends - Billy Boyd, Ian McKellan and Orlando Bloom. I also became very good friends with Sean Bean - he's bonkers, you know!”
~Dom, From Teen magazine
“Viggo and I had stories that were parallel, so we spent a lot of time together, but it was also within the Fellowship there was a strong link between us all.”
~Sean Bean, From Dreamwatch
"I think he is calm and easy and fairly relaxed. Sean was incredible. He was very concentrated. I could not imagine anyone to be more centered on his work, on all the details, the surroundings (the scenes) and everything that he referred to in the film for so long. What stamina..."
"It was great doing that scene [Boromir's death scene] with Viggo because he is such a generous, truthful actor and I'm glad he was there with me at the end, as it were, and he brought a sort of peacefulness to it and a spirituality to it, which I think he naturally has as a person. So that was of great help to me."
~From the Toronto Sun, Sean on Viggo Mortensen~
"Well Sean has greater ability to put on a poker face than I, of course. Sometimes I felt that the situation was beating me, in truth I was a little amazed. But Sean or the Community as much as the rest of the filming crew were always there supporting me." ~Viggo Mortensen~
"The best thing was just travelling through from the North Island to the South Island. We did it a second time, Viggo and I, and that time we got through. It was just wonderful having the opportunity to drive through this ancient forest land and mountains, to see shorelines, to stop in little villages and to spend the night there and to carry on the next day. It was a really magical time for me."
~Sean on Viggo Mortensen~
"It was wonderful, a fantastic experience. It was great. And I was fortunate to be working alongside Viggo.... He's a wonderful actor and a really great guy as well as a real gentleman. I really got on well with him. We're about the same age, you see."
~Sean on Viggo~
Sean was afraid from flying in helicopters so when we shot the scene where Boromir takes up the Ring from the snow I feared he would be thinking about the fact that we had to fly back again and this was a very important scene. He did an amazing job and when we rode back I asked him if he had been thinking about it and he said ‘all the time’.
~Viggo on Sean, written down from memory from Viggo's interview on the extended DVD version of the first LOTR movie~
Sean didn’t fly with us after that. He got up 2 hours before everyone else and walked over the mountain to get to location, he refused to get on a helicopter again. We used to be able to see him from the copper and waved at him when we flew over him.
~Viggo (and others) on Sean, written down from memory from Viggo's interview on the extended DVD version of the first LOTR movie~
It [Living with Elves] makes him [Aragorn] doubt himself and his own abilities. So, in the case with his relationship to Boromir... Boromir teaches him that there is something inherently valuable about man, and brave, and worthwhile, and that in spite of whatever doubts Strider/Aragorn has about himself and about the value of man, as a race in itself, apart from the others, there's great strength in men. That's what he tells him. What he shows me.
SB: Boromir shows him there are good things to be found in man.
VM: I envy his certainty to some degree.
SB: ...because you are man, and a certain aspect of knowledge is ignorance.
~Viggo and Sean from a Cannes 2001 interview [Note: The reporter says that Viggo Mortensen and Sean Bean spoke very quietly so this may not be 100% correct but close]~
Sean Bean: You keep the character and you can return to work and bring him out after some time. It's there, within you.
Viggo Mortensen: Now, for example, I'm looking at you and some things come to me at once, like difficult scenes that we did, in which our characters worked closely together. They will remain in my memory forever.
Sean Bean: Yes, yes.
Viggo Mortensen: And when I see you in other films, I know that there are things that I have had the fortune to share with you which others have not.
Sean Bean: I agree.
~From a spanish interview.~
Sean Bean: His work... Okay, to tell the truth the other day I saw him in jeans for the first time... I believe that nobody saw him in street clothes during the filming! (laughter).
Viggo Mortensen: He always wore short trousers... whether it was hot or cold (more laughter).
Sean Bean: Careful, Viggo did not dress coarsely, he was in `hobbit' dress, yes, but he had a special hobbit " look ". Yes?
Viggo Mortensen: I think he is calm and easy and fairly relaxed. Sean was incredible. He was very concentrated. I could not imagine anyone to be more centred on his work, on all the details, the surroundings (the scenes) and everything what he referred to in the film for so long. What stamina...
Sean Bean: Viggo didn't sleep more than four hours a day, yes? But, I don't know, I saw he was so enthusiastic with everything, well, I suppose that he didn't need to sleep more.
Viggo Mortensen: I believe that Sean was as enthusiastic on the last day or filming as on the first.
Interviewer: It seems that Mr. Bean is a rock, and the others?
Viggo Mortensen: Well Sean has greater ability to put on a poker face than I, of course. Sometimes I felt that the situation was beating me, in truth I was a little amazed. But Sean or the Community as much as the rest of the filming crew were always there supporting me.
Sean Bean: All of us helped each other, it was hard sometimes...very hard.
Viggo Mortensen: Everybody is great.
~From a spanish interview.~
Source : The Green Opals website
Bean's on the menu down the chippy
Before Hollywood came knocking, Sean Bean cut his teeth back in Britain playing an assortment of northern toughnuts.
Good to hear, then, that the gritty actor still likes to stay true to his roots.
Bean, I'm told, is a regular customer at the Broomhill Friery, a popular local chippy in his native Sheffield.
"Sean's in here quite a lot these days, not just because it's good, but also his sister works behind the counter," I am informed.
"He's usually wearing his Sheffield United shirt, so most people in there assume he's a local, rather than this Hollywood movie star."
The shop is apparently a favourite of those studying at the city's university. One particularly grubby Sheffield alumnus insists that its trademark dish of "chips, chilli and cheese" is excellent.
This transcript is re-written by Jea
FS: Now then, another epic film hits the screens next month; it's Lord of the
Rings, and who's the hunky, sexy star of that film? Ladies and Gentlemen,
Sean Bean! ... Are you alright?
SB: Yeah. (laughs)
FS: Did you read Lord of the Rings as a kid?
SB: I read it when I was about 25, em, and, um, and I sort of got through
most of it, but, um…
FS: It's big, isn't it?
SB: Yeah, it's very… (FS interrupts and talks over Sean here)
FS: (pulls the one-volume version of LOTR out from behind his chair) I
mean, look at that! Who's going to read a book that big?
FS: Here's how I choose a book (measures the width of the binding with
thumb and forefinger) No!
SB: Yeah, yeah…
FS: It's quite small writing, as well. Well, lots of people
did read it, didn't they? It was kind of a hippy thing, wasn't it, Lord
of the Rings?
SB: Yeah, I mean it's got a lot of, eh, qualities, eh, I think people can
identify with, it's got a bit of, of mythological stories, and of old folk
stories, and uh…
FS: Are there any dwarves in it?
SB: Yeah, yeah, there's one in particular… (FS interrupts Sean)
FS: Yeah, I thought there were. It's been a great year for dwarves,
FS: With Harry Potter, there's been loads. They’ve been rushed of their feet this year. No,
seriously, any dwarf that's out of work this year should be ashamed of
SB: Well, yeah, you're probably right.
FS: How many dwarves did you have in it, do you have any idea? Ever stop and count them ?
SB: Well, yeah, quite a few, because, I mean, we had people, I mean, I,
I play a human, and, um…
FS: What, as opposed to a dwarf?
SB: (laughs) yeah!
FS: Sean, I hate to break it, but they are actually human.
SB: But um, when we were doing like um, the perspective, um, we have
the big guys and stuff like that, and we have the hobbits, who are played by,
SB: yeah, dwarves, and um… little people.
FS: it's okay to say that
SB: And um, yeah, I know, so we were changing the perspective and we
were doing scenes with them, and… (laughs)
FS: Why were you changing perspectives if they were dwarves?
SB: Well, because when we… Yeah, you're right, there, I didn't think about
that. (laughs loudly)
FS: Doesn’t make any sense, does it ? Unless you were trying to make them look like they
weren't dwarves. In that case, why hire them?
FS: Now uh, we got a bit, we couldn't get a clip…
SB: Yeah it's all sort of under wraps at the moment.
FS: Some of the dwarves look a bit tall, just take them down a bit. We've got a bit of a trailer, just a take of the film…
(short compilation of clips from Fellowship)
FS: Now you play a character called Boromir…
FS: what's he like?
SB: He's, uh, he's alright! (laugh) He's, uh… (hesitates)
FS: You haven't read the book have you? (laughs)
SB: He's a Gondorian, and, uh… (kind of acts like he doesn't know what to
say, then laughs)
FS: I'm very broadminded
SB: perhaps I should explain that. He's from a very distinguished, warlike military family who, who, have been on the forefront of battle for many years, protecting the uh, country of
Middle Earth and the Shire. And uh, he, uh he comes in order to try and join
the fellowship, which is a sort of motley…
FS: Don't try to tell us the whole story, or people won’t go .Also I’m thinking how thick the book is, I don’t want to get…..
SB: Yeah (laughs), and then, uh, (laughs)
FS: You've got the ultimate accolade, Sean, and that is that you ARE an action figure. (reaches
behind his chair and pulls out a Boromir action figure)
SB: Yeah, yeah (looks embarrassed and laughs)
FS: Let me take Sean's cloak off (takes cloak off), there's a thing in the
back, look. It's the age old decision, horn or sword, horn or sword… horn or
sword (as he pushes the button and makes Boromir's arms move up and down)
SB: You should try moving the arm down a bit further, he does something
FS: What, with the horn ?(looks a bit stunned, then laughs)
SB: (laughs and rubs eyebrow) I promised I weren’t going to say anything
like that to you.
FS: Yeah, yeah. Have you got one of these?
SB: Mmm (nods)
FS: Got one at home, hmm?
SB: Got two (said with an embarrassed shrug and shake of his head)
FS: You've got two?
FS: Have you just got you, or do you have any of the other characters?
SB: I've got one, I've got the man that comes with me, he's, he's quite a
(laughs and gestures that he's tall)
FS: (reaches back behind chair and pulls out Lurtz) What, you mean him?
SB: Yeah, yeah, (laughs) I share a box with him, this fellow.
FS: What, share a bog with him?
FS: Share a box.
SB: Share a box with him.
FS: Yeah, it's part of a twin set. What, what's he called, Sean?
SB: He's called, eh, (rolls his head to the side disgustedly and closes his
eyes, because he can't remember his name, then curses unintelligibly Oh God ……)
FS: You share a bloody box with him! You’re like me. I don’t talk to the neighbours, either !
SB: It's, eh…
FS: You must remember his name. (pushes Lurtz's button) Look at that.
SB: I think you'll, you'll find, if… (Sean leans forward like he wants to show
FS how to make Lurtz work)
FS: Why don't you do it, you obviously play with it for hours, at home.
(Sean laughs and takes it and starts messing with it, trying to get Lurtz's
arrow to fire) Don't aim it at me, Sean.
SB: I think you're supposed to press somewhere, on his back here… (FS puts
hands up to protect himself, Sean shoots Lurtz's arrow successfully, audience
FS: Hey! Well done! (Sean laughs, hands Lurtz back)
SB: (spreads arms wide, grins at audience as they continue to cheer) Missed !
FS: Is that the first time you've shot your bolt on television?
SB: (scratches ear, raises his eyebrows at FS and looks very naughty,
FS: I'll bet it isn't! It probably isn't! (Sean continues to laugh) So, uh,
generally speaking, you're one of those actors who's not like an actor.
(Sean raises his eyebrows and laughs) You know what I mean?
SB: Yeah. (said in a kind of "if you say so" tone of voice)
FS: Not in your performances, but one expects actors to be, what they call
here a 'luvvie' thing.
SB: (nods solemnly) Mmmm.
FS: And you seem to me more like, say, a welder.
SB: (laughs and sniffs) It's funny you should say that.
FS: Yeah. Well, you were a welder weren't you once ?
SB: (laughs and nods) Well, there you go!
FS: ‘Cos you don't expect actors to be, you seem to me to be kind of an
ordinary working class bloke.
FS: And you like football.
FS: And you like to have a few beers.
FS: And all that. And that's not, I don't think, the stereotypical…
SB: No, I mean I think the only way you can find out about acting and about
people, is to actually sometimes be part of a group of, of, of people and to
observe. And that's what it's all about, after all, is observing, and if you sort
of put yourself away from that and you put yourself in a world where you don't
observe people in natural surroundings and stuff, and then you can't really act,
so I'd rather be part of a community of people and watch them and learn from
FS: And you do that then?
FS: Would you sit….?
SB: I pick up on some things that friends, you know, people that I know, and
I see them doing things. I mean, everybody acts, I mean, everybody acts,
and you've got your pub or your restaurant people always telling stories and
doing impersonations, and you sort of take it a step further and do it in front
of a camera, I think, yeah.
FS: So when you was a welder and decided you wanted to be an actor…
FS: You went to Rotherham College.
FS: How did your mates react to that ?
SB: They just thought it was a bit strange, but I was a bit strange at the time
anyway, I mean I was a bit, I wasn't really interested in, um, I always wanted
to do something different, I felt I should be doing something different, uh,
I wanted to be in a band, I wanted to be an artist, I wanted, at school, uh, I
went to school, I mean I had a good time in school, but I didn't learn a great
deal uh, but when I left school I had a sort of real appetite for wanting to
read and sort of educate myself in a way, and, you know, that's what made
me want to do something different, I didn't know WHAT I wanted to do, I had
no idea I would ever be an actor, you know, that was the last thing on my mind.
And I tried acting just by chance and that seemed to combine all the things I was
interested in, like art and music, and trying to express meself in some way
and I just didn't know what to do with myself and that just seemed to solve
the problem I had of expressing meself. That, I just, seemed something,
that I felt really comfortable with and, em, I just took it from there and I still
feel that way, and um…
FS: Did you lose any mates because of it?
SB: Um, no, no, I don't… I, not really, I don't think I did. I think I had to go
away for awhile, and do what I felt I should be doing. I had to go away and
sort of make a step. I went down to RADA. And I felt I had to get away to some
extent to be able to express myself in the way I wanted to do it. And I knew
that I couldn't do that in the surroundings that I was in in Sheffield, as much
as, you know, I love the city. I 'm proud of it but I knew I had to go
somewhere else to be able to become a part of this world that I wanted to
be in. So I had a break from that, and I think that things come around in a
full circle and I've got a lot of old friends I knew before. I think you have
to make that break to find what you want to do, you know.
FS: Right. So, um (Unintelligible) do you drink coffee? Can I tell you something ?
SB: Sometimes, yeah.
FS: Yeah. You know I've got some coffee that's supposed to be the most
expensive coffee in the world, and um, will you try some of this coffee? I'm
going to have some as well.
FS: (puts two coffee mugs on the table and Sean picks his up and looks at it)
I'll tell you about it. This is, uh, what it's called it’s Kopi Luwak. Right?
And there’s these cats. You have to put it down so I can pour it, Sean. (telling
Sean to put his mug down. Sean laughs. Frank pours the coffee as he's
talking, then adds cream) And this coffee is, uh, the coffee beans are
eaten by these wild cats, right?
FS: And then they, they have a shit in the jungle - you still with me?
It's true. And the coffee beans don't quite, um, get digested so they're
still kicking around. And, the, so the natives pick the coffee beans out of the
cat's poo, and then they, um…
SB: Hmmm (looking very wary, then laughs, but you can tell he's disgusted
with the whole thing)
FS: (stirring the coffee) I've always wanted to be a shit stirrer.
(both laugh) And so this, this has actually been through a cat, this coffee.
FS: I'm not making this up.
FS: And it's 10 pounds a cup!
SB: Yeah? Hmm.
FS: Because obviously there's not much of it about. It takes a lot of
collecting and picking through, and it's messy work.
FS: So, do you want to try it? (they both pick up their coffee mugs)
SB: Have you got any sugar? (laughs)
FS: Have any sugar? Never put sugar in cat shit, that's my saying.
(they both sniff the coffee)
SB: Mmm. Yeah,(says something about “Is there a nosetoit-any aroma ?” , while grinning and taking another exaggerated sniff, as if it’s wine, then gamely takes a taste) Hmmm.
FS: What do you think?
SB: Yeah. How much is it?
FS: 10 quid a cup.
SB: F*cking 'ell! (laughs, and FS and audience just die laughing. Sean puts
his cup on the table and leans back, obviously not willing to drink any more of
FS: You through with that? I'll take it away. I’ll try that later on.
SB: Don’t want to waste it.
FS : Now, eh, as well as being an action
figure, which is obviously a brilliant thing, you've also had, a thing that I
think must be brilliant, you've been in Viz comic.
SB: Mmm. (nods)
FS: Now I think it's much underrated, Viz, don’t you ?
SB: Yes, it's brilliant
FS: It IS a brilliant comic. And you're in a strip called 'I've BEAN to Paradise'
(Sean leans in to see it more closely) We've got a couple of stills from it of
Sean (shows a framed pic of Sean with a comic bubble over his head and Frank
voices the cartoon, "Why, it's uncanny. With this hair cut, I'm a dead ringer
for that hunky heart throb actor Sean Bean!") Do you wanna do the next one ? Come on, I'll be the barber.
SB: Yeah, alright.
(Next frame shows the barber, which is FS saying, "That'll be 1 pound 50,
sir. And would you like anything for the weekend?")
(Sean, speaking the lines for his character, says in a wooden tone of voice,
"Yes, I think I will, actually. With this new Sean Bean haircut, I'll have to
beat the birds off with a shitty (stumbles over word) stick.") (laughs)
SB: I'll just dip it in that coffee!! (FS hands him a stick, saying, Well there you go ! “ Then Sean
leans over and dips it in the coffee, then mimes beating girls off, saying,
"Get off, get off!", laughing)
FS: Well, look, it's good to see you. And I hope Lord of the Rings is a
massive success. Sean, thanks a lot for coming on the show. Ladies
and gentlemen, Sean Bean. (huge applause)
Found on IMDB
"How lucky can one man be? Me, I mean. To have Sean Bean step into Sharpe's boots at such short notice and then prove to be the quintessential Sharpe? He was a revelation. For a start, of course, he's a terrific actor, but in many ways his own character is not unlike Sharpe's. There is toughness and anger in Sean, and I suspect a wariness of folk he does not know well. He is, like Sharpe, a formidable man. Folk instinctively treat him with respect, but then, suddenly, the smile will break and you see the core decency. The greatest compliment I can play Sean, other than saying I like him hugely, is that he really did take over Sharpe. I hear Sean's voice when I write Sharpe. It is a wonderful coincidence of actor and character, and I hope Sean feels the same."
Source : Wikipedia
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1996 Centenary of Irish Cinema Richard Harris as 'Bull' McCabe in The Field.
1996 Centenary of Irish Cinema Sean Bean as Tadgh McCabe in The Field.
Thanks to my husband I've got it now. Here is the scan :
"...Sean's star rose rapidly during the five years of making Sharpe. But Sean was always down to earth and not 'starry'..."
Sean Bean's Made Up Days
14 December 2001 (WENN)
Tough guy Lord Of The Rings star Sean Bean has a shocking past - he used to dye his hair
and wear make up. The actor, renowned for his uncompromisingly macho performances,
admits in his youth he loved exploring his feminine side as a fan of glam rock music.
He says, "I used to play guitar in a band with a few mates. I was a big fan of Lou Reed
and David Bowie. I dyed my hair red and used eyeliner." However, Bean did draw the cosmetics line somewhere. "I never wore lipstick," he assures
'Men are men and women are women. Why even try to make war there?'- Sean Bean, People Magazine, 95 12 11 .
'We all want to lose ourselves in something magical, don't we?' - Sean on The Lord of the Rings.
'I just like to take things as they come really,' he says. 'I don't really push meself all that much. Maybe I should a bit more, that's what people tell me. But I'm happy the way I am. I don't like to get into a situation that's not of my making. If I get into a situation then I know it's my fault or I've done it my way. I like being me own boss, really.'- Sean Bean, Loaded, March 1996 .
'Ask any of me mates whether I can tell a joke. I'm f*ckin' useless,' he says. 'It's funny, being an actor. Unless I've learned it. I'm not very good. I'm not very good at improvising, really. I get a bit...embarrassed.'- Great entertainer (!), Loaded, March 1996 .
'I would be, but I dunno if I can, they'll probably have to bring me back to life. (affects a sad look) Ah don't think they shoulda killed me off really, they shoulda left it in the balance so I could return. (pause) Maybe I will.'- Would he be interested in doing any more Bond movies?, Hot Press (Ireland), 20 March 1996 .
Has he any idea why Sharpe's exploits seem to have struck such a chord with female viewers? More silence and an embarrassed fiddling of fingers. A blush swims across his face. 'Don't ask me, I don't know, do I? Maybe you know more about that than I do,' he struggles. Possibly, but what does he think? His ears have become quite pink. 'I suppose it's the character. He's a very forthright, masculine, passionate man and everybody can understand passion. It's what makes life exciting.'- The Independent, 22 May 1997 .
'Have you worn one during all your marriages?'
'Yes,' he says, 'through all of them. All of them.' Then he laughs, a self-deprecating laugh. The subtext clearly implied is, 'Yes, I know you think I'm Bluebeard, that I trade-up wives from Sheffield girl-next-door Debra to actress Melanie from Sunderland to Abigail, the posh Londoner, but I'm not going to let you stick labels on me.'- DAILY MAIL, Weekend Magazine, October 23, 1999.
'I've never seen myself as the romantic lead, really,' - Sean Bean.
Jason Locke produces some horrifying violence. How did Bean find the anger to play him? 'I hadn't worked for a year - that made me quite angry!' he laughs. 'I suppose everybody gets angry at some point in their lives. You never forget what it's like, so it's a matter of conveying that. I don't ask myself questions about where my performance comes from - I just do it.' - Sean on finding the right emotion when acting.
'In your 20s, you're striving to be what you want to be. In your 30s you are quite comfortable, but in your 40s you see things a bit more clearly. As for work, I would hope I'll still be in demand. When you look at Anthony Hopkins and Sean Connery, age doesn't seem to be a problem for them.' - How Sean thinks acting progresses.
'I'm really keen to do Macbeth. I keep seeing everybody else doing it. I read it when I was a kid and I've kept looking at it since. It's the dark qualities and the warlike nature, the jealousy and the intrigue.'- WM Magazine, Autumn 2000 .
'The Hollywood life has never really appealed,' he says. 'I do not go to too many dos or premieres. It seems such a palaver, you know. I could be doing other things. I went to the premiere for Ronin at the Venice Film Festival. It was an extraordinary experience, but then it's back to the hotel room and you think, 'What was all that about?' ' - Sean living like a star.
'It has been a volatile life, some good times and bad times,' he shrugs. 'My twenties were full of excitement, my thirties were all about consolidating, and now I have to look at things in a new light. Before Essex Boys and The Lord of the Rings, the stuff I was offered was not good and I suddenly realised I had to be careful.'- Choosing the right films to work in.
‘It is easy to play something that you know you’re good at and do it over and over again. That’s a very safe and easy option, but not an exciting one. It’s better to go out on the limb, take a challenge, even if you flop, and I’ve done that a few times. Taking on new challenges means feeling excited, exhilarated, nervous and having a bit of fear. All those emotions mixed into one is a very powerful concoction and is very addictive.’- 15 July 2000, Source: OK Magazine .
'It's not a matter of snubbing anything, I just don't go out that much. I spend a lot of time reading or watching TV or working on the house and garden. I've got another life which I enjoy - my private life. I know I've lost out on parts because people don't spend enough time to realise what you might be able to do. They might just hear how you speak and say you're no good. I think a certain amount of snobbery still exists but I wouldn't say it's been a big problem for me.'- 09 July 2000, Source: The Sunday Express .
When asked whether his work complicates relationships, he stares reflectively into his coffee cup. 'It can be difficult, yeah.' He gives a rueful grin. 'Look at my past record. I mean, there's some things where you think, 'I could have done that.' But you learn from those. You make mistakes, but you learn from them.'- Mixing his two worlds.
'Most of the stuff I've done has been sort of personal, psychological battles between characters,' he says. 'I think the most interesting drama is the human drama, and things that evolve out of relationships. Not necessarily where the action and special effects have been pressed on to the film, and you're trying to find your character through all that lot.'- Independent on Sunday (UK), 02 December 2001 .
'I know I've lost out on parts because people don't spend enough time to realise what you might be able to do. They might just hear how you speak and say you're no good. I think a certain amount of snobbery still exists but I wouldn't say it's been a big problem for me.'- Sean Bean and his famous accent.
'I suspected that his refusal to talk to me might stem from him having problems communicating with women when they are vertical.' Really mean!!! Silly woman. Never met him and he was reluctant to do an interview... *hits woman*
'He's never called anyone "luvvie" in his life. I might say: ''All right then, loov,'' but that's it," he insists.'- Sean Bean, Daily Express, May 1, 1993 .
'He is brave in battle, but unsure of himself in other circumstances and is surprisingly vulnerable... I may play a hard man, but I'm a big softie really. I cry at things like Wuthering Heights. And I would stick up for what I think is good and would always fight for my family.'- On playing Sharpe, Daily Mail, May 1, 1993.
'It's a vital part of life, just as fighting and conquering towns is for Sharpe and his contemporaries. You don't have to see a lot for it to be sexy. A lot can be said with just looks without people ripping their clothes off.'- On Lady Chatterley, Daily Mail, May 1, 1993 .
'I had to show my bum in that one,' says Bean with a laugh. 'It seems I've had to show my bum a number of times.'- People Magazine, 95 12 11
'We were doing The Country Wife and she were playing a busty maid in a very low frock. I remember looking and thinking, that's nice. So I asked her out.' - Courting Melanie.
'I just hope people don't get fed up with my face.' - Sean Bean, Yorkshire Post, 31 August 1991.
'All the parts I've played were very determined people, and with determination you get that strong emotion, you get passion, it is the same.'- Sean Bean, April 25, 1993, The London Sunday Times Magazine.
'I don't fall in love easily. It's a gradual process. In fact I can't explain what love is. Can you, can anybody? Partly it's deciding you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody. I'd like that to be the case.'- Sean Bean, April 25, 1993 The London Sunday Times Magazine .
"Good heart, sense of fairness, ability to laugh at herself, compassion and love.' - Beanie's definition of a good woman, April 25, 1993, The London Sunday Times Magazine
'Everybody is just so totally engrossed in the project, dedicated to doing great work, so proud of what they're achieving.'- Sean on the making of The Lord of the Rings.
'Because Boromir is a man, as opposed to an Elf, Dwarf or Hobbit, he brings, I think, a very human quality to The Fellowship.'- Sean on his character, Boromir, from LOTR.
'My kids get used to seeing me on the telly. It's usually me saying 'Look, I'm on the telly,' and they say 'Yeah, dad, what are we having for tea?"-Sean describing his daughters.
'It's a social thing as much as anything else. I hope football never turns into a fancy middle-class puffball game.'-Sean on football.
'We were travelling down by road from the top of the south island, from Wellington to Queenstown, and it's about a 10 hour journey, and it just happened that we had a lot of water...a lot of rainfall...and the road we were on was only a two lane road, and banks collapsed behind us and in front of us...and we were sort of stuck in this little place for a couple of days...me and Orlando Bloom.... We were on the phone a lot...wondering when a helicopter was going to come and take us out.'- Sean talks about one point during the filming of LOTR. (From 'Sean Bean- The Interview,' thanks to The Compleat Sean Bean.)
'I've never really hurt myself badly. I suppose the closest I've ever been to an accident is in Sharpe's Regiment, when a horse landed on my head. They actually used that take. The bank collapsed and the horse's hoof sort of sprung off my head as he was jumping. I got a bit of a black eye and a bit of a neck problem. And about six hours before I were in the hospital getting me finger stitched up because I'd just cut that open....'- Talking about injuries. (Thanks to The Compleat Sean Bean.)
'Stubbing fags out on me tongue. There's an area on your tongue that's quite numb, and you swill saliva onto it before stubbing. It hurts like a bugger if you miss, mind.'-Sean Bean on one of his famous 'party' tricks.
'But helicopters I'm still pretty terrified of. Just ask Orlando Bloom.'-Sean on his fears of flying.
'I got the news on the phone when I was driving down the M1 with my kids in the back. I speeded up about 30 miles an hour. Unintentionally.'- On getting the role of Boromir.
'It's quite green where I live in Hampstead, north London, and I like to spend time in my garden. It takes my mind off things. I look after my trees, making sure they're okay and enjoy planting oak, hornbeams, and silver birch.'- Sean Bean the gardener.
'Sean brings a lovely clarity to his work. He has such strength and a hard core flinty edge to him that comes from his childhood. He's a class act. He's a man who marches to his own drum/ He's never let go of his roots, his accent or what he's about.'- Pierce Brosnan, June 2000. (Thank you to Sean Bean The Biography by Laura Jackson).
"I thought Sean was incredibly sexy but slightly odd. We were filming in Russia and he'd call his mum in Sheffield and listen to an entire football match over the phone. He did look gorgeous in his Sharpe costume though."- Liz Hurley.
"Oh, there's a whole hinterland of stuff going on there that most people don't know about...... Did you know, for example, what a great present-giver he was? After filming, most people give you chocolates of a bottle of wine, but he gave me this really exquisite white embroidered Chinese print, something I'd be impressed with if given it by a really good girlfriend. It was one of those leftfield Sean Bean moments which really blew me away. I'm a terrific, terrific fan."- Joely Richardson.
"This total geezer who could also do Shakespeare".- Sean Bean being described by Mark Figgis, the director of 'Stormy Monday.'
"Odysseus is as interesting role because he is forced to straddle enemy lines within his own `camp. Sean pulls it off so effortlessly - it's great to watch him find the edges of his character and nail him down… To work with a professional like this is just a beautiful thing for a director." See? People just love making movies with this man." -Wolfgang Peterson, director of 'Troy.'
Source: Corner of Bean
On replacing Paul McGann: “I don’t remember that,” Sean says, “but I did want to know things were right. I felt pretty comfortable with the character but it was new territory and they weren’t ready for what Russia was going to hit them with. They were all sick and came back the first time looking like skeletons. I thought: “Fuck me, what am I getting into?”
“I suppose in a sense those times in the tent were the best times” Sean says ruefully. “It was hard, fucking hard but we stuck together.” So why the “star trailer”thing in the third season? “In the end I got fed up with living in a tent and I just felt why not, why not a fucking trailer? Sometimes you need solitude. But did you see it? It was an old minibus with a bed stuck in the back.”Then one of those rare and irresistible Bean grins: “Not that I spent much time in it – I thought “it’s fucking boring in here.”
That said, here is everything Sean Bean doesn’t have: minders, groupies, a line in sincere and unconvincing greetings, small talk, airs and graces. He looks ravaged. His jeans are full of designer holes, his sweatshirt a dull camouflage. His is the antithesis of the Tom Cruise mould of stardom which goes: “Here I am being electric, flashing my smile hither and you.”
Bean’s no less self-conscious for all that. The more he shrinks into himself, hangs his head low over the scripts, the more he draws the energy of the room towards him. Charisma is inexplicable. To Hollywood, he may still be a highly-paid character actor: in this grey, badly-lit room, stardom shines on his unkempt, blonded hair.
By comparison, Sean Bean is the trooper sent by the gods when he finally gets to work. He’s out of his trailer before he’s wanted, on set, patiently standing by, as good as the gold he’s earning.
“It’s like cockfighting” says Malcom Craddock (producer) appreciatively.
To recap: Sean arrived looking gaunt and scraggy. He’s been sick and laid up-in his room. If he’s been working out in London it doesn’t show.
Toby is the more clever actor. Each time he has bits of dialogue following a sword’s clash, he waits for a vital second or two. ‘Such a clever actor”says Alistair (Muir, second producer) approvingly. “Very, very professional.”
Something is nevertheless happening that goes far beyond clever and professional, and it’s coming from Sean. Even the wise and experienced Alistair can’t explain it. There’s no reason for him to be indulgent towards the star. He too was sick and turned up on the set regardless.
Bean is, in Alistair’s words “magnetic.”
Bean is mesmerizing. When he finishes one scene, the Indian extra’s who must be fed up by now, can’t help but burst into spontaneous applause.
This is Sean’s scene – Toby, for all his talent, plays to him as a foil. There’s an edge of blood and death about Sean. His face is hard, alive: he’s a ferret as an actor, every muscle and instinct tuned to survival.
Whatever the official report later and despite Malcolm’s legallistic defence that no one has “proof of what actually happened” the rumor mill wasn’t in the least bit vague about what happened in the middle of last night. Leading lady Lucy Brown woke up in the lift with Sean who seemed to think he was putting her to bed. Two hours later she was back downstairs at his side and they’ve been drinking in the bar ever since along with Daragh, Peter-Hugo Daly and Caroline the continuity girl.
Daragh tells me he remembers going to bed at 05.00 am for two hours. Sean, he says, hasn’t been to bed at all. The buttermilk-soft, dark-eyed and eager starlet Lucy, is clearly in Bean thrall.
In the cool late afternoon, a glum Malcolm finds Sean, out to the world on a sunbed by the swimming pool, side by side with Lucy, bundled in her pashmina.On the ground, lies Daragh O’Malley, a large, loving puppy guarding his master in his sleep.
“I’m not judgmental,” the producer braves it out. “At Sean’s age, I remember crawling home and my first wife refusing to let me in.”
Bernard Cornwell is loyal to Sean Bean. He makes a point of seeing everything the actor does. He wnt to Bean’s MacBeth when it opened in London, despite some patronizing reviews. Bernard and his friends agreed in advance to leave at the interval. He not only stayed – put more simply, he couldn’t pull himself away – but went back twice. “Every actor playing it is looking over his shoulder at every other actor who’s ever played it. Not Sean. I understood for the first time ever what it was to see a Shakespeare play for the very first time. He was utterly fucking electrifying.” This nice man who believes that life is about pursuing happiness, truly likes Sean, who for the first few weeks of the shoot had seemed to exist under his own gruff, crochety, distant cloud.
There’s a generic Sean Bean kiss which most fans could do in their sleep (and probably do, there’s no questioning the pull of his sexual energy and hunger). He puts his right hand on her neck, left hand just so in her hair etc. And, come to think of it, whenever we see Bean in bed after sex, he’s looking away from the woman, never at her. Where’s the intimacy in that?
And wouldn’t it more natural to kiss woman according to the woman? “Fucking hell,” he says, but he doesn’t show how much I must have offended him. He’s interested in the idea.
“Yeah, it’s like laughter in a way. You think how this character would laugh, but I’ve never thought about snogging that way. I never thought: “how would this character kiss?”
And then the most delicious of smiles. “I’ve done a lot of scenes with women and they don’t seem to unhappy about it.” For a moment, in the still Samode night where the moon hangs upside down, it’s very easy to see why.
In the very last scene, Sean and Toby fight to the death. Each time Sean emerges between takes, his face is blank, his voice steady – but his whole body trembles. Even now, you have to be really close to see how his hands shake as he reaches for a cup of tea from Punya. He’s learned to hide himself almost completely. The received wisdom is that Sean wanders in and “does his thing”, no toll taken. Now I see why he keeps himself away during shooting: he’s riven by the effort. Others have drfited away, distracted by the thought of getting to the wrap party, of packing for tomorrow morning’s flight. Sean’s focus doesn’t waver. It’s the Law of the Last Inch and I’ve never respected him more.
The film's producer, James Daly, later appeared in a comic strip photo-shoot with Sean for Viz Magazine. Daly had been married to the American director of When Saturday Comes, Maria Giese, for 12 years. But by the time WSC premiered in Sheffield a year later, Giese and Daly had separated. Daly later became partner to Sean's ex-wife Melanie Hill.
Sean can be seen in Tony Hadley's music video of the song, Build Me Up, which featured on the film's soundtrack. Sean, an avid billiards player, appears in the video shooting pool. Both Sean and his then-wife Melanie Hill encouraged Hadley to contribute to the soundtrack, which features music primarily from Sheffield musicians. Sean can also be seen shooting pool in the short film, The Loser.
There was a private preview of the film during the week of 02 September 1995 for Sheffield United officials.
On 16 February 1996 (11 days prior to the Charity Premiere) six of the screens at the Warner Multiplex at Meadowhall were given over for the first public screenings of the film.
All proceeds from the Charity Premiere on 27 February 1996 were given to the British Deaf Sports Council.
When Saturday Comes was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
When Saturday Comes had two working titles prior to its final title: A Pint O'Bitter and On the Line (Source: Screen International).
Source: The Compleat Sean Bean
Sean Bean is wearing a fiberglass bodysuit underneath his costume for his death scene to stop the arrows sticking out of him from wobbling.
That's a silicon shell of Sean Bean that goes over the waterfall at the end.
Boromir's speech at the Council of Rivendell is read from a sheet of paper sitting on Sean Bean's lap as it was only given to him the night before.
Sean Bean starred in a UK TV series as a soldier during the Napoleonic wars by the name of Richard Sharpe. He subsequently appeared in a series of commercials where he would allude to his earlier role, saying things like, "Sharpe idea". In this movie he continues the joke: after touching the Sword of Elendil he says, "Still Sharpe."