He's been beheaded in Game of Thrones, probably been the only man to be taken out by a cow in The Field, brutally ripped to shreds in Black Death, and shot with arrows in Lord of The Rings... if you haven't guessed it already, we're talking about actor, Sean Bean, who has been killed off a whopping twenty-three times throughout his on-screen career.
But after over 3 decades of acting out various death scenes, Sean Bean is well and truly fed up of his characters getting killed off and has now taken the drastic measure to reject roles in which his character's fate will land him 6 feet under.
There have been many hilarious memes and reactions to Bean's unfortunate acting career. Keep scrolling to reveal the reason that the actor has had enough and to see the side-splitting jibes that the internet has come up with.
Shaun Mark Bean, known professionally as "Sean Bean," is a British actor.The sixty-year-old has enjoyed a gleaming on-screen career since his professional debut in the eighties.
His early career mainly consisted of theatre work.His first acting gig was for a production of Romeo and Juliet, which saw the star play Tybalt (spoiler alert: Tybalt dies).
But he quickly moved over to television.He found mainstream success for his portrayal of Richard Sharpe in the ITV series Sharpe and went on to firmly establish himself as a big player in British television history.
His career has largely spanned the big-screen too.Bean has starred in several big-hit productions, including Lord of The Rings and Game of Thrones.
But there's one thing many of his roles have in common.He tends to always get killed off.
More specifically, he has died a staggering twenty-three times on-screen.This is no exaggeration. The actor always seems to get roped into roles with characters that end up 6 feet under, one way or another.
To make matters worse, many of his on-screen deaths have been pretty extravagant...and brutal.Whether it's getting crushed to death by a satellite dish, pulled apart by horses, or just plain simple strangulation, Sean Bean has done it all.
He was shot with arrows in Lord of The Rings...Boromir’s death was without a doubt a heroic one, as viewers watched him get shot at with multiple arrows while trying to save Merry and Pippin. In fact, Bean actually says this is his "favorite death..." “It was sickening and bizarre; a horrible, awkward death. We had to go back a week after shooting the scene because they’d missed a shot and there were the sheep, still drifting eerily in the water. That was pretty disturbing," he explained.
The actor has even been taken down by a herd of cows.Yep, it's true. In the movie, The Field, his character, named Tadhg McCabe, ends up getting driven off a cliff by a stampeding herd of cattle and sheep. It's certainly one of the stranger ways to bite the dust.
One of his latest brutal deaths saw him beheaded in Game of Thrones...with his own sword.The star played Ned Stark in the fantasy drama, who was executed in the penultimate episode of the first series, in 2011.
This death, in particular, hit him hard.Up until Game of Thrones, the actor said playing characters with the fate of untimely death didn't really bother him. But, when he was killed off before the series hit big, he was left watching at home as his former colleagues propelled to stardom... Ouch.
And now, he's had enough...The sixty-year-old feels that a change is well and truly overdue and is now starting to be more selective about the roles he accepts.
So much so, that he's completely declined roles which involve death."I’ve turned down stuff. I’ve said, ‘They know my character’s going to die because I’m in it!’" he explained. "I just had to cut that out and start surviving, otherwise, it was all a bit predictable."
He's occasionally managed to negotiate his way out of death."I did do one job and they said, ‘We’re going to kill you,’ and I was like, ‘Oh no!’ and then they said, ‘Well, can we injure you badly?’ and I was like, ‘OK, so long as I stay alive this time.'" He also said, "I’ve played a lot of baddies, they were great but they weren’t very fulfilling — and I always died."
The star was relieved when he was offered the role of Douglas Bennett in the upcoming BBC war drama World On Fire...“I survive in World On Fire, I’m at home in Manchester and I’m safe," he said. Phew, thank God!
After people began to notice his unfortunate death-related pattern, the actor has become the source of many-a-meme.Fans find his bad luck pretty hilarious.
This one is a personal favorite...Let the man live, goddammit!
People just can't help themselves.It's not just Bean that's fed up, fans are also sick of seeing the actor bite the dust on-screen. So much so, the viral #dontkillseanbean campaign was launched back in 2014.
People have also taken to Twitter on the issue.
@etnow I mean seriously though it's like it's in his contract lol— Mary (@Mary)1568934158.0