Welcome back from your long weekend everyone, I hope you enjoyed yourselves. If you didn’t see yesterday’s FNiTN, it’s worth taking a look. I’ll wait . . . .
We started this month with my whispering rant for the Arthur Lee Samuel Consequence, which Dave graciously added to the Funny Names Theory page, and here we are for the end of month wrap up. (Pardon the noise makers, I’m still celebrating. Whoops, I got some confetti on you.)
Today’s guest is Sean Bean, the British actor who has wowed us with his characters from Alec Trevelyan in Golden Eye to Boromir in Lord of the Rings to Mitch Henderson in The Martian. Who could forget the “Project Elrond” scene? He even pulled a stint on Game of Thrones.
Born Shaun Mark Bean in Handsworth (Sheffield), West Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Rita and Brian Bean, he is better known by his stage name Sean Bean—adopting the Irish spelling of his first name. Let’s face it folks, it’s all about the spelling.
His first major roles on British television, especially Lady Chatterley, made him a British sex symbol. In 1992 he made his first memorable appearance in American film playing an Irish Republican Terrorist in Patriot Games with Harrison Ford. While filming the death scene, Ford struck Bean with a boat hook leaving him with a permanent scar. Epitomizing suffering for your work. Ouch.
Cast as a villain for many of his roles, his villains usually die a gruesome death. For one of his latest projects, Legends, where he plays an undercover FBI agent, Mr. Bean participated in the “#Don’tKillSeanBean” marketing campaign, which culminated in a spot on Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die website. I thought the piranhas were a great touch.
From horror films to outer space, he’s Bean there, done that.
On a side note, he’s got the whole Bruce Springsteen/Rick Springfield confusion factor working for him. Sean gets plenty of fan mail addressed to Mr. Bean, only it’s Rowin Atkinson’s Mr. Bean.