Sean Bean dies on-screen. A lot. Case in point:
But there is one death scene that stands out above them all for the prolific British actor. Speaking with EW, Bean candidly revealed the details behind the iconic ending to 2001’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. At the end of that first entry in the acclaimed adaptation of the fantasy trilogy, Boromir, the one among the Fellowship who struggled the most with the temptation of the One Ring at the center of the story, sacrifices his life trying to protect two Hobbits, taking three arrows to the chest from the Uruk-hai leader Lurtz before collapsing from exhaustion and injury.
“It’s my favorite death scene, and I’ve done a few. You couldn’t ask for a more heroic death.”
Other fun tidbits about Boromir’s death scene:
- You can tell the arrows are real and indeed director Peter Jackson had arrows hitting a breastplate underneath Bean’s costume.
- The actor mimed all the shots of his character getting hit with arrows
- The character’s final line, spoken to Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn (“my brother, my captain, my king.”) was conceived by Bean, Mortensen, and co-screenwriter Fran Walsh the night before shooting over beers and a bottle of wine.
Bean also had some advice for aspiring actors trying to perform that perfect exit.
“You can’t show off. You can’t be vain or posing…. Because every time you die, it’s a big f—ing moment!”
10 Book-To-Film Adaptations That Succeeded (And 15 That Failed)
As tomorrow’s big Netflix release, the second go-around at adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events, proves, adaptations of beloved source material are not easy to make.
Books and film, like all arts, have a special relationship. The turn of the century saw a massive increase in adaptations of epic fantasy and science-fiction, particularly for the coveted youth market, thanks mostly to two big franchises – Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Both legitimized fantasy as big-budget spectacle and prestige entertainment, when done with care. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the years since are littered with attempts at replicating the magic of those films, including the original Unfortunate Events movie, which is first up on our list (as an ambitious-but-flawed failure).
Now, in the age of Peak TV, adapting these massive sagas are possible on television too. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones both kicked open doors to imitators in the same ways Potter and Rings did, in terms of scope and budget. Shows like MTV’s Shannara and Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, both based on famous books, draw directly from this trend. It’s also given second life to properties that didn’t work as features, such as Unfortunate Events.
For this article, I focused on the biggest in YA and children’s literature, in honor of Unfortunate Events return to screens (I’ll be recapping a “book” aka two episodes a day starting tomorrow morning!), while focusing on the criteria to rank them by. When it comes to judging these stories – some classics, some decidedly not – I kept in mind whether the films a) received a sequel b) made money at the box-office and c) were critically acclaimed.
- Honorary success mentions: Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Stardust, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Honorary failure mentions: Bridge to Terabithia, Charlotte’s Web, The Host
Click Next to scroll through all the failures and successes.