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'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 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.'
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Post by sparkedbylore » Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:39 pm

I never did thank you for this post. My favorite might be Joely Richardson's. Her basically saying, in a personalized and graceful way, that there is so much more to him then most realize. Just great. (And frankly, a decent and classy 'TA' to those who dish her opposite him. But then, I'm a bit mean that way.)
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Post by amelia » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:48 pm

My favorite quote because it makes me laugh. "I just hope people don't get fed up with my face" Poor man, must have been temporary insanity.
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Post by lament-for-boromir » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:48 am

I love all of these. Really really love. Especially the ones about LOTR (<3) and the one where he's attempting to reconcile women's attraction to Sharpe. Honestly, does the man even know how gorgeous he is?

Also, the idea that he's a softie for Wuthering Heights makes my heart go all soft and fuzzy.
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Post by Cymbalom » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:58 am

Oh, I know. Isn't that cute? :-D

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Post by charming » Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:47 am

Love reading quotes from him.
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Post by gillian » Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:11 pm

I've just found an article on Glasgow, UK, on Uncyclopedia.
Sorry if that has been already posted.

Sean Bean on his travels in Glasgow

"Following a rather dry spell following my huge success in Sharpe, I found myself offered a part in a play. The part was that of a homeless beggar, and being a proper thespian type, I decided to do some research into my new role. On speaking with Richard Madely (MP for Inverness) he suggested I go to Glasgow, a provincial town in the poor part of Scotland; he assured me there was nowhere more full of the homeless. After much adventure I took a Virgin train to a rather snooty village in the South of Scotland called Edinburgh, they warned my of the perils awaiting me in Glasgow - unfazed by this (I was Sharpe after all) I readied my sword and took a 1st class train West to the dark, wet town I had heard so much about! On arriving in Glasgow the first thing that struck me was the stench of filth, and almost straight after leaving my train I was accosted by a young, spotty, malnourished chap clad head to toe in white early 90's sportswear (this it would soon dawn on me is some sort of Glasgow uniform that almost all wear). After giving him money for something called a "Buckie" he directed me to a sartorial emporium known as JJB where I found Kappa and other such garments with which to blend in. I spent the rest of my stay in Glasgow in a cardboard box on Buchanan St. Here, there were very many people to talk with, but few had the finances to give me any money (I was in character, begging you see). I was told by one chap that people in Glasgow were largely exempt from work and something called disability benefit kept them in Adidas, Special Brew, trance CDs and season tickets to the Old Firm. "How truly mad!", I said. Glasgow must be the best place ever! The fellow then went on to explain how it was indeed the best place ever - they had done away with the need for education, soap, upmarket newspapers and any other food other than chips and class A drugs. What a truly utopian society I thought. Apart from the brutal stabbing I received the following Saturday, my stay in Glasgow was immensely satisfying and provided me with all the theatrical skills I needed to accomplish my role as a tramp in the South Wessex community Theatre's production of 'The Big Issue' with aplomb! All this I owe to Glasgow, the Times even gave my feature a merited 2/5 and said I looked very homeless indeed."

—-Extract from Is there life After Sharpe? by Sean Bean (Academy Award Winner, Black Beauty)
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Post by noiram73 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:55 pm

I found these quotes on :

"Personal Quotes

He's a fallen hero, a very gentle man under that exterior. He's lived in an environment always ravaged by war and had to be realistic. He wants to use the ring against the enemy instead of destroying it. He doesn't understand the complexities this piece of metal can have on human beings. (Talking about his character Boromir)

"There's a wealth of literature out there which, hopefully, will be, you know, exploded in the future, and I personally find it very rewarding to be involved with classic storytelling, and sort of legendary characters." (Spoken in answer to question at Cannes Film Festival "Troy" Interview.)

I think there was a time I was linked to it but I suppose I blew it playing 006. They made a good choice in Daniel Craig. He's a very good actor. He was in one of the first Sharpes we ever did and I gave him a bit of a battering. So we can always say Sharpe battered Bond. - On James Bond 007 - Casino Royale (2006).

A common misperception of me is...that I am a tough, rough northerner, which I suppose I am really. But I'm pretty mild-mannered most of the time. It's the parts that you play I guess. I don't mind it. I'm not a tough guy. I'd like to act as a fair, easy-going, kind man at some point.

I sort of leave the characters at the end of the day. I don't carry anything around with me. No excess baggage or unnecessary thoughts. I think it's too exhausting to do that. To put things into perspective - your work is your work and your leisure time is something else.

When I'm working I tend to listen to classical music in my trailer. Bach (Johann Sebastian Bach), Vivaldi (Antonio Vivaldi) and Mozart (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) put me in a good frame of mind, make me focused and clear. Bach is like the Shakespeare (William Shakespeare) of music.

I was a big Bowie fan when I was younger and I still am. I even dyed my hair red and had the same hairstyle. He was very big in Sheffield, people don't realize how important he was - so were Marc Bolan, Lou Reed, Roxy Music... it was a very luxurious time.

To be able to create music like that, to be a poet, to constantly change his look and challenge everything, was quite incredible. It was very attractive, if I'm honest. He was luxurious and decadent and it was infectious, you wanted to be in the world that his character inhabited. (On David Bowie)

All the videos were so good, they always seem fresh and new, though the lyrics are quite melancholy. (On Madness)"

I like the 4th quote a lot - very personal...
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Post by morvgal58 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:34 pm

The Glasgow bit was amusing, but I'm pretty sure it did not come from Sean!

Someone was being a bit naughty.
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Post by gmcw » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:40 pm

What a lovely page of Bean quotes!! I'm glad I went "exploring" on the forum!

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Post by mohraa » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:54 am

Thanks a lot!
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