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    Sean Bean

    Great British actor with depth and gravitas by the cartload or one trick pony wooden-top?

    He pops up in quite a lot of films but he always seems to be a slightly different version of Richard Sharpe, a role he played perfectly.
    I was reminded of his abundant manifestations while catching the end of Silent Hill.
    Adam Riches parodies him in 8 out of 10 cats does countdown.

    he's not dead btw if anyone was panicking

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    My wife would be bereft. Greatest living actor.

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    He's good for Yorkshire Tea, probably the best acting he does.

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    I think I first became aware of him when he played Julie Burchill's dad in a TV play in the early '90s. Very good in those gritty action roles, although that wasn't one of them.

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    He is carved entirely from wood a typical naff British actor!

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    I loved Sharpe but I don't think he's brought anything different to any other character he's played since then.

    I still find him very watchable though and am dipping in and out of that new Frankenstein thing he's in.

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    Very hit and miss for me. Some great roles, some not so much.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    His American accent in "drone" was cringeworthy. Always liked him as sharpe though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog1408 View Post
    His American accent in "drone" was cringeworthy. Always liked him as sharpe though.
    I'll bet it was better than the vague Yorkshire accent Liz Hurley once mangled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    he's not dead btw if anyone was panicking
    But he always dies!

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    I don’t think he’s bad, but I agree he’s no chameleon in terms of range and has been in some poor productions.

    He does tend to get typecast in similar roles & not be as selective in his roles as he perhaps could be (his workrate across both Film & TV is substantial).

    One thing to his credit is an ability to be accepted as both hero & villain - there’s not many Hollywood stars who do both roles well, or at least are allowed to (Michael Douglas being a notable exception).

    I thought he was good in a more thoughtful role in ‘The Martian’, and as a cross-dressing teacher in ‘Accused’.

    International Emmy & BAFTA awards mean somebody thought he must be half-decent on occasion.

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    I like him, he's a sort of Northern Ray Winston. Massive Sheffield United fan as well, he has a tattoo to that effect.

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    Wasn't he in a film with Deniro and co - played some ex british soldier who'd allegedly been in Northern Ireland - trigger happy type - he was RUBBISH in that

    I liked Sharpe though - and good in GOT until he got that neck problem

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    He's the northern Jason Stratham or vice versa, you either love him or hate him, I've always liked Sharpe.. Mostly for the theme tune though.. Over the hills..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweepinghand View Post
    Wasn't he in a film with Deniro and co - played some ex british soldier who'd allegedly been in Northern Ireland - trigger happy type - he was RUBBISH in that

    I liked Sharpe though - and good in GOT until he got that neck problem
    Ronin, with some fabulous car chase scenes.

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    I like him most of the time but he's appeared in some lemons. His American accent is just a slightly modified Sheffield accent and I read somewhere that everybody in the Kingdom of The North had to do a Sheffield accent because Bean couldn't do the accent they originally wanted.

    I think he would be a great guy to have a pint with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RD200 View Post
    I'll bet it was better than the vague Yorkshire accent Liz Hurley once mangled.

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    They shared a memorable scene in Sharpe once...

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    Very hit and miss for me.

    'They took the little ones' line from the Lord of The Rings was laughable.

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    Decent enough to watch, with his best performance being naughty 006 in ‘Goldeneye’ IMO

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    Patriots game.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    Patriots game.
    Patriot games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog1408 View Post
    Patriot games.
    Groan,,I was rushing.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Sharpe had me creased up. One could imagine, so small was the budget, that the greatest cost was the bus fares to get them on location.

    He’s a handsome devil though. I bet women are all over him like a rash. He must be getting my share.

    As someone once pointed out, how did they come up with the pronunciation of his name? Should it not either be Seen Been or Shorn Born?

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    I like him, he is what he is, but mostly entertaining.

    I enjoyed his brief appearance in episode 7 of bawdy sitcom Sally4ever parodying himself. Worth a look if you’re a fan!

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    Not the world's greatest actor but he fills a niche.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy armitage View Post
    He is carved entirely from wood a typical naff British actor!
    I agree and think Connery is the same.

    He was OK in Dr No ...........but after that .........the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    But he always dies!
    Absolutely, when ever we are watching a film and a character is played by Sean Bean we run a family sweepstake to see how far he makes it through the film.

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    Raspberry jam.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog1408 View Post
    His American accent in "drone" was cringeworthy. Always liked him as sharpe though.
    I think it was an "Irish"one in Silent Hill... very amusing!

    I quite like him, but a method actor he isn't.

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    I must be the only one who thinks he ruined the Sharpe character then. I read lots of the books before the TV series came along and Sharpe was very firmly a Cockney urchin come-good in my mind. Sean Bean's Yorkshire accent never worked for me and his failure to carry off abything else says it all really. Plus the character they chose to play Patrick Harper was way too small.

    Just me, I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringer View Post
    I don’t think he’s bad, but I agree he’s no chameleon in terms of range and has been in some poor productions.

    He does tend to get typecast in similar roles & not be as selective in his roles as he perhaps could be (his workrate across both Film & TV is substantial).
    He's been married five times; divorced four. You'd need to work constantly to keep up with the alimony...

    As an actor, I much prefer him in supporting roles in films. I don't think he can 'carry' a movie in the same way as he can as lead character in a TV series.
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    In LOTR he should have been cast as Aragorn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweepinghand View Post
    Wasn't he in a film with Deniro and co - played some ex british soldier who'd allegedly been in Northern Ireland - trigger happy type - he was RUBBISH in that
    The film was Ronin. Fantastic movie with one of the best car chases.

    The character he played in that movie was a walt trying to get into the action, not an experienced soldier as the character falsely claimed. As such, I think he played the part well. If it looked uncomfortable in some way then I think he succeeded in portraying the faking character.

    By the way, what colour is the boathoues in 'Huurford'?
    Last edited by markrlondon; 13th September 2019 at 18:26.

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    He was good in the red riding trilogy TV series. A very fine piece of TV drama if you haven’t seen it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSmith View Post
    He was good in the red riding trilogy TV series. A very fine piece of TV drama if you haven’t seen it.
    Indeed.

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    Not a fan of Sean Bean at all , but thought he was excellent as a troubled priest in the series Broken

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    His character in Black Death was a bit of a split personality

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    Very good fight scene in Goldeneye. One of the best in the Bond movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    They shared a memorable scene in Sharpe once...
    Ah yes, Liz Hurley. Excellent jubblies but not much of an actor.

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    Yes but excellent jubblies non the less.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    A blade so I like him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    The film was Ronin. Fantastic movie with one of the best car chases.

    The character he played in that movie was a walt trying to get into the action, not an experienced soldier as the character falsely claimed. As such, I think he played the part well. If it looked uncomfortable in some way then I think he succeeded in portraying the faking character.
    Totally agree. He made the character convincingly weak and unlikable. Good acting.


    Someone (it might even have been you. lol) had a theory about qualities possessed by actors. One quality was 'casting range' - you can have actors who basically play the same character in every film, but some actors can be cast in a much wider variety of films than others. As an example, you know what to expect of Gerard Butler, and what the basic tone of his films is going to be. He has a narrow casting range. Tom Cruise on the other hand (or Ryan Gosling, come to think of it), could be in almost any genre of film; he'll still be playing Tom Cruise though.

    Sean Bean is a good actor with a limited casting range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    Someone (it might even have been you. lol) had a theory about qualities possessed by actors. One quality was 'casting range' - you can have actors who basically play the same character in every film, but some actors can be cast in a much wider variety of films than others. As an example, you know what to expect of Gerard Butler, and what the basic tone of his films is going to be. He has a narrow casting range. Tom Cruise on the other hand (or Ryan Gosling, come to think of it), could be in almost any genre of film; he'll still be playing Tom Cruise though.

    Sean Bean is a good actor with a limited casting range.
    That's a really good theory of actors.

    I'd like to think it was me who thought of it. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gurmot View Post
    I must be the only one who thinks he ruined the Sharpe character then. I read lots of the books before the TV series came along and Sharpe was very firmly a Cockney urchin come-good in my mind. Sean Bean's Yorkshire accent never worked for me and his failure to carry off abything else says it all really. Plus the character they chose to play Patrick Harper was way too small.

    Just me, I know.
    I vaguely remember an interview where he recalled the director pointing out that Sharpe didn’t come from Sheffield. Sean put him right.

    The wife adores him, not least because his voice places her dad and his workmates in daft situations throughout space and time.

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    Am i the only one who wonders how you'd pronounce his name if you swopped the S and B around..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    Tom Cruise on the other hand
    Tom Cruise ? An actor ? What ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie747 View Post
    Tom Cruise ? An actor ? What ?

    You don't mean he also 'voted leave' do you?
    Last edited by number2; 14th September 2019 at 16:11.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gurmot View Post
    I must be the only one who thinks he ruined the Sharpe character then. I read lots of the books before the TV series came along and Sharpe was very firmly a Cockney urchin come-good in my mind. Sean Bean's Yorkshire accent never worked for me and his failure to carry off anything else says it all really.

    I guess that is quite limiting, then. I recall he played (Peckham's own) Andy McNab as a Yorkshireman in Bravo Two Zero, as well. But to be fair, a lot of actors stick with their own accent for their whole careers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexus04 View Post
    Not a fan of Sean Bean at all , but thought he was excellent as a troubled priest in the series Broken
    Oh yes I'd forgotten about that - a real departure from his usual sort of role and quite convincing. Still played a character apparently from Sheffield though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    Oh yes I'd forgotten about that - a real departure from his usual sort of role and quite convincing. Still played a character apparently from Sheffield though.
    His accent is really more Rotherham /Doncaster, sort of Fred Trueman, his faux Yorkshire tones aren't how he sounds off camera.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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