Biography Book, originally posted by Liten

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Biography Book, originally posted by Liten

Post by Govi » Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:56 pm

A couple of quotes from the book. Grab something to drink, to eat and sit down.


His drama tutor at Rotherham College:
“When it came to the art and design sessions he was the same. He considered it all very interesting, as long as it was for someone else. There was a particular college play, an open air production of Murder in the Cathedral, and for this, one of the tutors set some of the students the task of making loads of macramé pieces for the costumes to weight them down a bit, or to be decorative additions. There were balls and balls of string and tons of tiny different beads. Well, I walked into the room where Sean was one of a small group doing this, and he was clearly thoroughly disgusted, because every time he picked up a bead to thread on to the string he would curse, “Fuckin’ macramé!â€￾
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Winter Flight’s director Roy Battersby:
“And Sean clearly understood that class rage – I mean that he understood it viscerally. It is sometimes difficult in England to find actors to portray violent people without the character becoming a caricature. But Sean is one of those actors who had a proper life before coming into acting. The result was that he brought an obvious truthfulness to the part and he acted from the centre. He was very scary, I would say immediately powerful in the role. […] Sean understands what it is to be dangerous. He gives off this wonderful sense that you don’t quite know what the guy is doing next. And that’s a tricky thing to do. Some actors can act it, but with Sean it’s true. And he will go the whole way. He undeniably has a special quality of the kind that is especially true of screen actors.â€￾

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“Sean was well prepared in the sense that he had done all his homework. But I think at that time – and so early in his career – it struck me most that he had guts. Although he was new and felt understandably nervous, still he had the courage to open up to the living moment on set in front of the camera and to respond to it. Now that takes a lot of nerve because it’s dangerous.â€￾
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Sita Williams, producer of A Country Practice
“Yet no matter how intense he became, you never lost sympathy for him and this is something I think that Sean has carried with him throughout his career. He conveys that there is and underlying goodness there, somewhere. Even when he is portraying a character you ought not to like, he makes something about that character attractive and thereby brings to his portrayal an understanding of why he is as he is, which has the effect that even the viewer cannot like what he is doing, they cannot entirely bring themselves not to like him a little.â€￾
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Gabriel Beristain, cinematrographer for Caravaggio
Of Sean’s first role portraying a bisexual, Gabriel has this to say, “Sean was incredibly committed to the role of Ranuccio and he gave a flawless performance. He was in control of his physicality and his emotions, so he knew when to give that little extra and when to keep it back. His role was a tough one, a wild horse, and one that needed a strong actor to portray such a complex man, without giving deceiving hints, or taking anything over the top.â€￾
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James Andrew Hall, scriptwriter for Exploits at West Poley
"Because of his tough-guy looks, Sean is not often credited with the sensitivity he brings to a part. Although Exploits at West Poley was an early outing in his career it was quite obvious , even then, that he possessed that indefinable quality that would mark him out. There can be half a dozen actors jostling for attention on the screen, but one's eyes are always drawn to Sean Bean. He also has, importantly, and in my opinion it is quite rare for an actor, the added quality of stillness."
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John B. Keane, playwright for The Field
Sean does not adopt the Method style of acting favoured by the likes of Day-Lewis, but as Tadgh he assumed completely the skin and identity of a clearly mentally disturbed young man. Riddled with confusing unexpressed emotions and prone to violent outbursts, he was also relentlessly cowed by the expectations of a powerful father. The role was a total departure from anything Sean Bean had undertaken so far and director Jim Sheridan drew an extraordinary performance from him; a view that is wholly endorsed by the original playwright.
John B. Keane says, I was mightily impressed. It was a most refreshing representation of the character and this fine actor showed a rare understanding of Tadgh's frustrations. A film actor depends a great deal on facial expression and it was here that Sean excelled. He brought the true torment to the surface, and he showed - as I have never seen it before or since - the mental collapse of a young man, of all the young men from whom fathers expect too much. His overall performance was outstanding."
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Adrian Hodges - screenwriter for Tell me that you love me
"[...] Sean was the last of the three principals to be cast. The role of Gabriel Lewis was quite difficult. We wanted someone who was a dreamboat, but who could convey sensitivity. One of the things that is true about leading, handsome men is that they can have the looks, but are not necessarily able to deliver a convincing depth. [...]There was not a single doubt that he [Sean] was the perfect candidate. As soon as he walked in, he had the air of a warm and loving man, but someone with hidden qualities. He is very male, but also very sensitive. It was a straightforward piece of casting and from the moment he was available, we wanted him."

[..]

"This was a particularly hard lead role because as Gabriel, Sean couldn't give anything of himself to it - I mean, that he could not latch on to anything, because it was all about a hidden personality. Therefore he could not reveal anything. When Sean went on to portray Richard Sharpe, I thought that he played him as an interesting package. Sharpe is always hopping into bed with a leading lady but beneath all that he seems to be a tormented character and Sean is so effective at conveying the feeling that there is a lot going on at a deeper level."
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Clarissa's director
[...]a lot was riding on Sean. The drama was called Clarissa but the focus was mainly on the male lead. A weak Lovelace would have sunk it and one of the reasons we chose Sean was because he has so many layers. Sean Bean is not a cuddly bloke and Lovelace was just perfect for him. There is a dark side and a charismatic side. Sean's a good-looking guy, but he can project a sinister quality.
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Saskia Wickam
There had to be three more takes of that slap and each time Saskia had to have a wet cloth pressed to her cheek to stop it from swelling. She says, "Poor Sean. He was really sweet but on a film set you can't keeping asking if someone is all right. You just have to get on with it. Then the next day he arrived for work and handed me a little package. Inside was a beautiful glass box with flowers etched on it. He said quietly, 'Well done for yesterday'. He also felt bad about having had to hit me.�

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"When Lovelace has to have his orgasm Bob told Sean, 'Just do two or three thrusts and that will do.' Sean replied, 'But it's not going to seem like I can't make it last, will it? Bob laughed, 'Don't worry, Sean, I'll have it going on for ever.'"

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Over the weeks Saskia Wickam had enjoyed so much about working with Sean and certain scenes would stand out. She says, "I remember when I was supposed to kiss Lovelace. Usually it was Sean seizing me and kissing me, which was great - I had no problem with that at all. But then when we come home from the ball I had to kiss him. And suddenly I discovered I was nervous so I ended up giving him this rather hasty peck and dashing off up the stairs. Bob shouted, 'Hey Saskia! You might look like you enjoyed it!' Maybe I didn't want to show just how much I would have enjoyed kissing Sean Bean.
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Post by Govi » Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:57 pm

About Lady Chatterley
An indication of the rousing effect that the sight of Sean Bean butt-naked was to have came when Lady Chatterley's screening sent many female journalists into raptures over him; even one of their male colleagues wrote of Sean, "He can touch the wanton in the most demure of women".
Early proof that the journalist was right came when, in the teeth of the Press attacks on the series, one intrepid lady from Burnham-on-Sea wrote to a national newspaper to declare that personally she would suffer bark-burn any day to find herself sandwiched between a tree and an ardent Sean Bean!
Sean's rampant sex symbol status, confirmed by his role as Mellors, is something that he takes with a liberal pinch of salt and he treated with nonchalant amusement being called 'the middle-class woman's bit of rough'. His image would, however, let him in for some bald ribbing from his hometown mates. Notably, when Sean was once voted 'Rear of the Year', in their roughly affectionate way they apparently re-christened it, 'Asshole of the Year'. And his former Brook Comprehensive teacher Ian Footitt declares, 'When I saw him in Lady Chatterley, I thought 'Well we certainly never taught him to do that!'"
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About Sharpe
Sean Bean was just the raffish, rough diamond that was right for the role and everyone knew it. On set he cut a long, lean, unshaven hawk-like figure in a dusty green uniform, with his blond hair straggling over his collar and a cavalry sword clattering at his side. He looked a leader of men who, with his own natural brand of authority, exuded a tantalising blend of bruising masculinity and touching chivalry.
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Assumpta Serna (Teresa in Sharpe)
When it came to shooting their love scenes Assumpta made a few discoveries about the star. She reveals, "We didn't rehearse much, there wasn't time, but Sean was extremely attentive during these intimate moments, always making sure that I was physically comfortable with the way we were lying, bringing this kind of thoughtful touches. And there were little surprises I discovered then. A real emotion can be translated to a similar emotion in these kind of scenes and he would give me a real smile, a very deep look; these were intuitive moments.

"Because we did not know each other out of the set, these real emotions were an unexpected discovery. It was the tenderness of the moment that I remember, and the care that I could see when this passed through his character to me.
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He was everywhere, and simultaneously in one week he dominated the covers of both the Radio Times and TV Quick, as a bare-chested, stubbly-chinned chunk of earthy manhood who oozed raw masculinity straight off the page.
But despite the collective orgasm that some sections of the Press seemed to feel Bean capable of inducing among the nation's female population, Sean personally had no desire to road test his sudden elevation to being the hottest star around, and had no intention of starting to hang out in trendy bars, or to in any way deliberately court the attention of swooning fans.
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After A Woman's Guide to Adultery
On the whole this was fine by Sean, but one off-shoot was to make him wonder briefly if people would start to think of him only as an actor who strips off. He once, in fact, made the point that, for a certain span of time, if an alien had read his reviews it would have been easy to assume that he was a porn star. Pragmatically, though, Sean took the overall view that he would rather be an employed sex symbol, than an out-of-work actor.
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Pierce Brosnan
"The Bond movies are extremely hard work if you want to do them well. I was on set every day and really I couldn't see the wood for the trees most of the time because it was such an intense experience. So Sean and I didn't get a lot of chances to socialise but we had a good old piss up together one night in Hampstead at my house. It was in the garden and was on May 16, my birthday. We both suffer from the same deep shyness that can sometimes make you seem aloof. But we became friends that night. That was the night we trusted each other."
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One of the attractions of this grand property for Sean was that the grounds were more than large enough to accommodate a big work shed which was perfect for him to shut himself away in for hours, making toys for the children or something useful for the house.
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Saskia Wickam about Anna Karenina
At another time, in happier circumstances, Saskia feels that Sean would have been perfect for Vronsky. She states, "Sean is my favourite British actor. He is wonderfully versatile and he has the danger and energy that's perfect for that character. But there were things that worried Sean. For instance, in the ballroom scene. The majority of the extras were actually professional ballet dancer and it would have been impossible for any actor to shine amongst them, let's face it. Sean took more and more dancing lessons for his scene when Vronsky - who is supposed to be the best dancer in the room - takes the floor. He was meant to look so cool and I know that Sean was worried that, instead, he looked stiff and awkward."
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Tom Clegg - director of Sharpe about Anna Karenina
The experience had, however, made its particular mark on him in at least one warming way as Sharpe director Tom Clegg recalls, "When Sean came back from filming Anna Karenina, he spoke about Sophie Marceau in a way that I had never heard him speak before. He enthused about her, thought she was fantastic and very beautiful and so on. His marriage to Melanie was over. They had made the official announcement of their separation and I think he was quite besotted with Sophie."
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Post by sparkedbylore » Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:22 pm

I love quotes whether they are by or about Sean. Recognizing that the statements are usually directed at an audience, it is still interesting to hear what another's POV is.
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Post by Terri » Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:36 pm

These are delightful to read. Thank you so much
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Post by SeansRose » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:06 pm

Thanks for these memorable quotes Carol! abighugs_gif
I always loved how other people describe Sean - people who know him and worked with him and while "listening" to them you get a very clear image of him.
I love the book very much and I´ve read it about four or five times but the quote I always loved most is this quote from the man himself:

Sean about Sean
I´m still Sean that me mates went to school with, not Sean the film star. And that´s the way I prefer to be.
I will always love him for that :inlove:
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Post by beanyfan » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:13 pm

sparkedbylore wrote:I love quotes whether they are by or about Sean.
:agree: :agree:

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Post by blueeyes » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:28 pm

:thanksies: Govi, I really enjoy reading this. I think it"s great that he hasn"t forgot his roots.
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Post by Lotte » Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:57 pm

:agree: :agree: with all of the above! :cheer:
Love to hear stuff about Sean from people who actually know/have met him!
Thanks so much, Carol! :thankyou:
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Post by april2007 » Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:29 pm

:bigthanks: Carol, I had not seen some of these. :smile:
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Post by Czechmade » Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:13 pm

I agree with you all - this is a delight to read! Thanks a lot, Govi, this is really a bliss!
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thanks for wonderful quotes

Post by solange » Sat Sep 27, 2008 4:21 am

This is absolutely one of my favorite links on the site.......because everything is straight from Sean - not the piffle and rubbish written by gossipy trash tabloids that cannot be trusted for accuracy.

These quotes really give an insiders view of what makes Sean tick.

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Post by Cymbalom » Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:35 am

Well, it was great to find out about this biography, which I promptly ordered from Amazon. Thanks so much for the quotes, Carol! I can see I'm going to thoroughly enjoy this book. I sure hope it has pictures! :-D

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Post by Govi » Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:16 am

Cymbalom wrote:Well, it was great to find out about this biography, which I promptly ordered from Amazon. Thanks so much for the quotes, Carol! I can see I'm going to thoroughly enjoy this book. I sure hope it has pictures! :-D

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Yes, it does Angie!
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Post by ziadada » Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:55 am

OH NO!

Why just promised "no more books buying?" :cry: :cry: :cry:

(beautiful beautiful quotes, thank you :smile: )
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