News, Actualities, This and That - Archive 2010

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Age of Heroes

Richard Campling, who is a production designer on Age of Heroes, has an album of photos from the film including one or two with Sean :

gallery.maverickgenius.org/#7.13

Link first seen on seanbeanonline.com by "patch".

The FDA is saying that it will be released on 11th March 2011 in the UK.

28. November 2010
       
 

Here is a lovely interview you can listen to and also read the text :-) Sean Bean talking about his favorite sport... www.talksport.co.uk

 

   
20. Oktober 2010

Death Race 2 is released directly on DVD/BluRay in the UK on 27 December 2010, in the USA - 18. January 2011, no release date so far for Germany... And here is the trailer with 2 or 3 very short glimpses of Sean Bean and a nice piccie:

source: http://www.universalstudiosentertainment.com/death-race-2/

Death Race 2  
20. Oktober 2010 There is an article here about the advantages and perils of having film crews use your premises and the main example is the hotel where Sean shot the final scene for Cleanskin set during a wedding. But beware! There is a slight spoiler in the first paragraph:

http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/2010/09/24/335279/How-to-market-your-hotel-as-a-film-location.htm

Richard Jones, who worked as a "runner", tells about his experiences at the Set of "Clean Skin" in February, where he also worked together with Sean Bean, here in this blog: www.chewtv.com/blog/richard-joness-blog-part-one-811392

Interesting!

Info with thanks to Anne
Clean Skin  
       
       
 

This is the result, when a talented blogger spots Sean Bean (in Ireland, where he is just filming "Game of Thrones"): http://whiterabbitni.blogspot.com/2010/09/spotting-mr-bean.html

And here is a quite interesting Website about the make up lady from Cash! Actually, Jamie Weiss is the sister of Michael T. Weiss of "Pretender"-fame, and so it is perhaps not surprising that Efi found this. Have fun with looking at a few piccies of ... Sean Bean in the make up department :-) go here: www.jamieweissmakeuparts.com/Faces1.htm and here: www.jamieweissmakeuparts.com/BeforeAfter.htm

16. September 2010
       

Sean Bean supports the "Woodland Trust", and has done a voice-over for this lovely video clip:

 

       

The Annual Report for the Woodland Trust has a page written by Clive Anderson, their President. There is a little pic of Sean at the Globe Theatre do he attended and Clive has this to say about the evening :

"Shakespeare's Globe is a re-creation of, well, Shakespeare's Globe
Theatre.We weren't on stage but in October staged a grand fundraising
dinner in the large "Under Globe" reception room.As part
of the entertainment I interviewed the actor Sean Bean.
Handsome, charismatic, and downright sexy were some of the
enthusiastic reactions.And Sean Bean was pretty well received as
well. Apart from talking about his acting career, it was great to
discover Sean is such an enthusiast for trees – I'm sure there are
many willowy saplings and some rather more gnarled old oaks just
aching to be hugged by him!
The night was a great success, helping raise funds for the Trust's
vital woodland creation work and generally increasing our profile.
It felt good to be part of an organisation with so many
achievements already under its belt and with such a clear and
ambitious vision of the future.
Guests at the dinner included Princess Beatrice of York, the Lord
Warden of the Cinque Ports and a Marquis. I must get back to
actual tree planting to keep me down to earth."

Quelle: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/pdf/communications-and-engagement/publications/annual-review09.pdf

Info with thanks to Anne

 
       
       
 

Nice article by Charlotte Higgins -

Do you remember the first time?
Was there a moment when you fell in love with the theatre, or dance, or the opera?

Idling around on the internet the other night, I found pictures of the 1986 production of Romeo and Juliet at Stratford. What a shock: I mean, they look so... eighties, did the young Niamh Cusack and the young Sean Bean. It wasn't the first time I'd been to the theatre (there'd been trips to the Victoria Theatre in Stoke and indeed, I think by then I had already seen Kenneth Branagh (even younger than Sean Bean) in Adrian Noble's production of Henry V at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Hell, I'd been to see David Troughton and Una Stubbs in Worzel Gummidge at the Birmingham Hippodrome). But Romeo and Juliet, was, in all important senses, the first time. Of course we all fell in love with Sean Bean and Niamh Cusack (Bean looked like a youthful pop star, not that rugged Hollywood villain he's become). It was a production that was immensely of its time: high concept, slick, unabashedly modern. Romeo wore all white, Tybalt all black. There was a red Alfa Romeo (ho ho) on stage. Bean dispatched himself with the aid of a hypodermic needle...

...read complete article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/charlottehigginsblog/2010/aug/25/theatre-dance

25. August 2010
       
       
16. August 2010

Sean Bean stays connected with football, like this piece of news from the football club in Handsworth shows:

16th August, 2010

Hollywood Comes To Handsworth

Hollywood film star Sean Bean has come onto the Board of Directors at KoolSport NCEL Division One newcomers Handsworth.

The 51-year-old, who has starred in movies such as Lord of the Rings and GoldenEye, was born in the Sheffield suburb and has been a long-time supporter of the club.

Although a busy work schedule means his attendance at matches will be limited, he will be lending his support to the club's development as it looks to continue its rise up the National League System.

And, he will be in contact with the club throughout the season wherever his career takes him.

(Story Source: Handsworth)

 

 
       
       
  Clean Skin

Sean Bean, who is just in Ireland for the Filming of "Game of Thrones" came for a few days back to London. They had to film the last scenes for the thriller "Clean Skin. A reporter team was on location, this is the video clip on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETXYuek6akY

and here is another Interview from the same location: http://itn.co.uk/60be67ba6bedcd70bb27750bd778b9cb.html

14. August 2010
         
         

Swiss entertainment group Ascot Elite has nabbed all German-language rights to high-profile Brit titles "Age of Heroes" and "This is England '86." "Age of Heroes," Adrian Vitoria's true story of the formation of James Bond author Ian Fleming's 30 Commando unit (a precursor to the SAS), stars Sean Bean and James D'Arcy and is the first pic in an intended trilogy. Ascot also secured an option for future installments from Content Film.
Source: Variety, 8. Juli 2010

Age of Heroes 10. July 2010
Sean has finished filming yet another movie, "Soldiers of Fortune", an American-Russian coproduction, with Christian Slater, Dominic Monaghan, James Cromwell, Ving Rhames, Colm Meaney and others. It was filmed on the Crimea in the Ukraine.
The story is apparently about a group of very rich people who want to learn how to play war. But things go wrong, and the play turns into harsh reality.
Here is a set still to wet your appetite, featuring Dominic Monaghan, James Cromwell and Sean:


A preliminary page is now online. EFi
Soldiers of Fortune

9. July 2010

14. June 2010

Game of Thrones

HBO screened the tiniest of tiny and fastest of fast clips for GoT last night. To add to our enjoyment, HBO has also released a magnificent picture of Sean as Ned. If you go to the "Winter is Coming" site, which is as good as any, you can see both. Click twice on the pic of Ned to get a huge (really huge!), hi-resolution version.
The official site at HBO : "Game of Thrones"

The story of the film and a report about filming it: Sean Bean Completes Film About Fleming's 30 Commando
You can watch and download clips from filming and with interviews for free at Getty: http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?contractUrl=2&language=en-US&assetType=film&p=Sean%20Bean#
Or if this URL doesn't work, go to Getty, and search in 'Footage' for Sean.
And here is another video from the set which has some bits of Sean filming, particularly at the end of the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1s929X6s2E


Rosie Fellner (Sophie Holbrook), Aksel Hennie (Steinar), Sean Bean (Jones) and James D'Arcy (Ian Fleming - yes, that one!)
Cannes sales slip
Photos: Website of Rosie Fellner ; Cannes sales slip


Age of Heroes
7. May 2010
 

Here is a little info about the ongoing filmwork for "Age of Heroes" which was shot so far in the last month in Norway...

Want to be in a film with Sean Bean?

'Age Of Heroes' starring Sean Bean.

 We are going to be filming in the Gravesend area and require some extras for next week. The film is set during the second world war and is the story of how Ian Fleming formed the 30 Commando and details their first mission to knock out the Nazi radio jamming stations along the coast of Norway.

 The scenes we require extras for are set in the war room and Royal Military Prison Colchester. For the war room scenes we require 3 males and 3 females preferably under the age of 30. These people would have to be available for a costume fitting on Tuesday and be available for filming on Wednesday and possibly Thursday.

 If anyone is interested please ask them to call me on 07973 429802.

 Simon Downes

source: 30. April 2010 Gravesend and District Theatre Guild

http://www.gravesendtheatreguild.org/

 

 

Age of Heroes

5. May 2010
   

18. April 2010

The Magnificent Eleven

 

A first draft for a Poster and an interesting article about the film "The Magnificent 11", here, it says, that the filming is supposed to start in the summer of this year. Since the Filming for "Game of Thrones" is also said to start in the summer (June/July) I'm wondering how this can work! A possibility would imo only be, if "The Magnificent 11" is filmed in June and the if Sean Bean is only needed for the filming of "Game of Thrones" from July on....

source: Angry Badger Pictures

17.04.2010
newsoftheworld.co.uk

The Magnificent 11
TRAINSPOTTING WRITER REINVENTS FILM CLASSIC

By Brian Pendreigh, 17/04/2010

IRVINE Welsh is remaking classic western The Magnificent Seven - with amateur FOOTBALLERS instead of gunfighters!

And the Trainspotting author has rounded up box office stars Sean Bean and Dougray Scott for plum roles in the film.

The 1960 screen favourite - itself a remake of Japanese flick The Seven Samurai - starred Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner as cowboys who protect a Mexican village from bandits.

But in this version, The Magnificent Eleven, the heroes are Sunday League players - and they band together to save an Indian restaurant from thugs who demand protection money.

Dougray, 44, and James Bond villain Sean, 50, will play two members of the team, known as The COWBOYS.

And Hollywood veteran Robert Vaughn, 77 - Lee in The Magnificent Seven - will play the villain.

Irvine, 51, told us: "We are hoping to shoot in the summer."

The writer, who is fine- tuning the screenplay AND a new book, added: "I'm tied up with the book and can't make it out to the Cannes Film Festival, where we'll officially announce it."

It will be Irvine's first feature film as director, although he has directed for television before.

The maverick writer from Edinburgh has teamed up with John Adam an ex-public schoolboy and Army officer who is now a film producer and writer.

The unlikely pair met two years ago when they both worked on ITV darts drama Good Arrows.

John, 31, said: "The footballers are out of work and can't afford to carry on the team. They go for a last supper in the Indian restaurant, and can't afford the bill so they work there to pay it - and stand up to the thugs."

John admitted he's delighted to have got Robert in the film.

He said: "We offered him a cameo, but he wanted to be the villain, which we jumped at."

Paul Barber, 58 - who starred as Denzil in Only Fools & Horses and Horse in The Full Monty - plays the team's trainer.

John said: "It's self-deprecating British sense of humour about guys who are desperate for money and rally together.

"If we do fractionally as well as The Full Monty we would be incredibly happy."

Source: www.newsoftheworld.co.uk

 

 

       

Remember the interview with Danny Dyer from late last year? He mentioned this film and it seems, that it is really going to happen:

Hollywood-Reporter, 25. March 2010

Leads cast in WWII drama 'Heroes'
Story of Ian Fleming's commando unit first in planned trilogy
By Stuart Kemp March 25, 2010, 12:33 PM ET

LONDON -- Sean Bean, Danny Dyer and Rosie Fellner are gearing up to star in World War II action drama "Age of Heroes," directed by Adrian Vitoria and set to shoot early next month. Co-written by Vitoria and Ed Scates, the movie will be shot in Norway. British indie distributor Metrodome has U.K. distribution rights and will co-produce with Lex Lutzus' start up production banner Neon Park. The film is also being produced by Nick O'Hagan's Giant Films and Cinedome and will be sold worldwide outside the U.K. and Scandinavia by U.K. and U.S. sales and finance label ContentFilm. U.K. based Matador Pictures is leading the financing along with private investors while Norway's National Film Institute and local fund Film Kraft are backing the project via Norwegian production house Moskus Films. The movie, planned as the first in a trilogy of war flicks, is based on the true story of the formation of Ian Fleming's 30 Commando unit, a precursor for the elite forces in the U.K. The two titles in line after "Heroes" are "Age of Honor" and "Age of Glory."

Source: www.hollywoodreporter.com

 

27. March 2010
       
 

As supporter and member as the "Woodland Trust" Sean Bean helps planting trees in the UK - and did also some work for an upcoming new campaign, due to an article on the Charity's website www.woodlandtrust.org.uk: "...The charismatic actor, who is a Woodland Trust member, has recorded a personal commentary for a new Trust video spearheading the charity’s campaign to double native tree cover in the UK."

Read the full article here - www.woodlandtrust.org.uk - they have also a lovely picture where you can see Sean Bean recording! :-)

27. March 2010
     
11. March 2010 ...more about
"The Lost Future"

these further informations with special thanks to Efi, who also updated this site during a short absence of mine! This seems to describe the first half (?) of the film...

 


C21 Media, 10.03.2010

German, US nets look to the Future
Cameras are rolling on The Lost Future, a US$7m telefilm starring Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Troy) and Sam Claflin (The Pillars of the Earth) and uniting networks in Germany and the US.

The commissioning broadcasters are RTL Television of Germany and US cable network Syfy, with production taking place in South Africa via Munich-based Tandem Communications and Film Afrika Worldwide.

The film is directed by Emmy-winner Mikael Salomon (Band of Brothers, The Company), with exec production handled by Jonas Bauer (Impact), Rola Bauer (The Pillars of the Earth) and Tim Halkin (Lost City Raiders). David Wicht (The Poseidon Adventure) and Vlokkie Gordon (The Breed) are coproducers and Moritz Polter (Impact) is the producer.

Rounding out the cast are Annabelle Wallis (The Tudors, Ghost Town), Eleanor Tomlinson (Alice in Wonderland, The Sarah Jane Adventures) and Corey Sevier (The Jazzman, Smallville).

The Lost Future is a post-apocalyptic story set in a world where forests and jungles have reclaimed the Earth. Bean plays the leader of a bunch hunters who face various beasts and mysterious diseases. VMMa, an independent broadcaster covering Dutch-speaking Belgium, has already acquired the film.

© C21 Media, 10 Mar 2010

 

worldscreen.com, 9. March 2010

Tandem Producing New Movie for RTL & Syfy
By Kristin Brzoznowski
Published: March 9, 2010

MUNICH: Tandem Communications has begun principal photography on its newest movie, The Lost Future, for commissioning broadcasters RTL Television of Germany and Syfy in the U.S.

Budged at $7 million, The Lost Future is shooting on location in South Africa.

The film is set in the year 2510, telling a post-apocalyptic story about a band of hunters who fight for survival in a landscape overrun by terrible beasts and by the specter of a mysterious and deadly illness. The Lost Future is the first of three productions from Tandem's newly created Action Pack(ed) genre label of event action-adventure programming.

"The Lost Future is the ideal first title of our new Action Pack(ed) label," said Jonas Bauer, a partner at Tandem. "It's an action/adventure with an exciting and surprising story that unfolds in many layers. Just when the audience thinks they know what's happening, they'll be thrown for a loop. We are thrilled to have RTL Television and Syfy as our commissioning broadcast partners."

Source: WorldScreen.com

     

 

 

9. March 2010

 

 

The Lost Future

...and another new project!!! Due to this German (!) press-release Sean Bean is since the weekend in South Africa filming a German (!) - American TV-coproduction - the lost Future. That is... that... it is... well... remarkable! :-) This is (my) translation of the German article:

Infos with thanks to Anne.

Pressrelease 09.03.2010 | 15:32
RTL Group

Start of Filming for the RTL-Action-Adventure "The Lost Future" with Sean Bean, Sam Claflin, Annabelle Wallis and Eleanor Tomlinson as leading actors

Since last weekend the filming started in South Africa for the lavish RTL-Action-Adventure „The Lost Future“ with Sean Bean, Sam Claflin, Annabelle Wallis, Eleanor Tomlinson and Corey Sevier as the leading actors. Playing in a far away future „The Lost Future“ plays in an exotic and dangerous world full of impassable woods. A jungle, that overgrows the world as we know it and has demanded it back. Surrounded by terrible beasts and overshadowed by the the terrors of a mysterious and deadly illness a group of hunters fights for survival. Sean Bean plays a heroic loner who knows about the events and mysteries of the past.

The production company Tandem Communications, nominated for the Emmy and Golden Globe („Pillars of the Earth“, „Die Nibelungen“) produces „The Lost Future“ for RTL-Television (Deutschland) und SyFy Channel (USA). With a budget of 7 Million U.S. Dollars filming has started on the 6. March 2010 at locations in South Africa. Leading roles: Sean Bean („Lord of the Rings“, „Troja“), Sam Claflin („Pillars of the Earth“), Annabelle Wallis („Die Tudors“, „Wen die Geister lieben“), Eleanor Tomlinson (Tim Burton’s „Alice in Wonderland“, „The Sarah Jane Adventures“) und Corey Sevier („Der Jazzman“, „Smallville“).

Directing is Emmy-Award winning Mikael Salomon („The Andromeda Strain“, „Band of Brothers“, „The Company“). Executive Producers are Jonas Bauer, Rola Bauer und Tim Halkin („Lost City Raiders“), together with Co-Producers David Wicht and Vlokkie Gordon from Film Afrika Worldwide and producer Moritz Polter („Impact“) from Tandem Communications.

Quelle: http://www.pressrelations.de

translation into English by rg

 

Pressemitteilung vom 09.03.2010 | 15:32
RTL Group

Drehstart für RTL-Action-Abenteuer "The Lost Future" mit Sean Bean, Sam Claflin, Annabelle Wallis und Eleanor Tomlinson in den Hauptrollen

Seit letztem Wochenende finden in Südafrika die Dreharbeiten zu dem aufwendigen RTL-Action-Abenteuer „The Lost Future“ mit Sean Bean, Sam Claflin, Annabelle Wallis, Eleanor Tomlinson und Corey Sevier in den Hauptrollen statt. In ferner Zukunft spielend, zeigt „The Lost Future“ eine exotische und gefährliche Welt voller unwegsamer Wälder - Ein Dschungel, der die Welt so wie wir sie heute kennen, überwuchert und zurückgefordert hat. Umgeben von furchtbaren Bestien und überschattet von dem Schrecken einer mysteriösen und tödlichen Krankheit, kämpft eine isolierte Gruppe von Jägern ums Überleben. Sean Bean verkörpert einen heroischen Einzelgänger, der um die Geschehnisse und Geheimnisse der Vergangenheit weiß.

Die für den Emmy und Golden Globe nominierte Produktionsfirma Tandem Communications („Die Säulen der Erde“, „Die Nibelungen“) produziert „The Lost Future“ für RTL-Television (Deutschland) und SyFy Channel (USA). Mit einem Budget von 7 Millionen U.S. Dollar begannen die Dreharbeiten am 6. März 2010 an Schauplätzen in Südafrika. Die Hauptrollen spielen Sean Bean („Der Herr der Ringe“, „Troja“), Sam Claflin („Die Säulen der Erde“), Annabelle Wallis („Die Tudors“, „Wen die Geister lieben“), Eleanor Tomlinson (Tim Burton’s „Alice im Wunderland“, „The Sarah Jane Adventures“) und Corey Sevier („Der Jazzman“, „Smallville“).

Regie führt der mit dem Emmy-Award ausgezeichnete Mikael Salomon („The Andromeda Strain“, „Band of Brothers“, „The Company“). Ausführende Produzenten sind Jonas Bauer, Rola Bauer und Tim Halkin („Lost City Raiders“), zusammen mit den Co-Produzenten David Wicht und Vlokkie Gordon von Film Afrika Worldwide sowie Produzent Moritz Polter („Impact“) von Tandem Communications.

Quelle: http://www.pressrelations.de

 

THE LOST FUTURE

Set in the year 2510, The Lost Future creates a world that is no longer evolving. Because of a synthetic virus gone wrong, the world is in a state of genetic regression.

  • Budget: U.S. $7 million
  • Status: Production 1st Quarter 2010
  • Delivery: 4th quarter 2010
  • Running Time: 1 x 90 min.
     

09.03.2010 - Quelle: http://www.tandemcom.de

 

     
     
07. March 2010

...And another Film!! Sean Bean is said to have signed for the sequel - or is this a prequel? of "Death Race". There was some informations going around in the world wide web, that situated him actually a short time ago in South Africa - were the filming for "Death Race 2" has started.

see articles here:


Casting: Bean, Rhames, and Trejo in Death Race Prequel

Death Race 2: Frankenstein Lives (2010) Movie — By Nix on February 16, 2010

Two bit of casting news today. First up, STYD rounds out the cast for the prequel to Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Death Race” reboot, titled “Death Race: Frankenstein Lives”, which will take a look at the man behind the Frankenstein mask. Joining Luke Goss as Carl Lucas, the man who would become Frankenstein, will be Sean Bean as Luke’s old mob boss, Ving Rhames as a Rupert Murdoch type responsible for setting up the Death Race, and perennial pissed off Mexican guy Danny Trejo as Luke’s prison pal. As far as I know, still no word on Natalie Martinez (below) returning as Case, Frankenstein’s navigator in the first movie, and who will also be appearing in the prequel.

Source: Beyond Hollywood, February 16, 2010


Tanit Phoenix - 19. Feb. 2010:

Sean Bean just signed on to play in Death Race.. I have an incredible scene with him..
Source:  http://twitter.com/tanitphoenix 

 

Death Race 2
     
The Magnificent Eleven

Oi. Interesting idea: A sort of remake of the classic "The Magnificent Seven" - But this time, the magnificent guys are - a Football Team (!). No wonder, that Sean Bean seems to be interested in the project.

from an Empire Online:

Sean Bean Joins The Magnificent Eleven

Irvine Welsh's football comedy gets cast

We reported last year that Trainspotting novelist Irvine Welsh was planning to follow up his darts film Good Arrows with a football-themed tale called The Magnificent Eleven, which combines the beautiful game with The Magnificent Seven.

Now, with Stealth Media Group busy rounding up sales deals and financing at the Berlin Film Festival, it looks like it’ll finally be ready to crank into production.

And Welsh has recruited a few cast members, including Sean Bean, Dougray Scott and – in a nice touch that truly links the comedy with its cinematic inspiration – Robert Vaughn, the final surviving member of the Magnificent Seven role call.

Pete and John Adams wrote the script (which Welsh has joined them to polish) and the plot finds a local amateur football team trying to protect the owners of their favourite tandoori restaurant from bandits – or, in this case, a gang of thugs led by a nasty piece of work named Blond Bob.

There’s no word on when Welsh will get shooting, but with Vaughn on board, we’re looking forward to this one even more.

Source: James White, Empire online, 14 February 2010

 

07. March 2010
     
07. March 2010
Clean Skin

In February and March Sean Bean is working in the British Indie Film Clean Skin - he plays a government employed assassin. About the film from an Interview he did with the "Express":

...We meet on a wringing wet day in a field just north of London, about 12 miles from his present home, where he is currently filming with James Fox and another sex symbol of her day, Charlotte Rampling.

Bean is playing a government-employed assassin in a controversial new movie Clean Skin, from the director-writer Hadi Hajaig, which has been put together by private investors.

“It’s the best script I’ve read for years,” says Bean, who targets British-born Muslim terrorists in the film. “It’s so tense and full of surprises and I said ‘yes’ immediately.

“I like working in this country. I’ve never had a big desire to become a Hollywood star and move to Los Angeles. It’s just not me somehow.

“I like having the opportunity to work in England but if the parts and the films aren’t there, then you have to travel.”

from: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/161037/Sean-Bean-and-his-women/ - 01.03.2010

full interview-text here:

SEAN BEAN AND HIS WOMEN

Monday March 1,2010

By Gareth Pearce

SEAN Bean loves women. He has had four wives and is father to three daughters. But he’s no closer to understanding them now at the age of 50 than he was when he first married at 20.

“That’s one thing that does not change with age,” he says. “Women have always been a bit of a mystery and that is probably the way it should be. It makes them more exciting.

“I would sooner be tested on the history of the football team I support – Sheffield United – than what I know about women. I think that’s probably the case for many blokes if they were honest.”

Bean has certainly given the impression that he’s spent years on researching the mysteries of the opposite sex. He celebrated his second wedding anniversary last month with wife number four, glamorous actress Georgina Sutcliffe who at 31 is 19 years his junior.

He’s also enjoyed the company of some of the world’s most beautiful women through his film roles or a private life that, as he cheerfully admits, “has never been dull”.

But he’s looking forward to life now that he’s 50. “It gives me a chance to play more mature characters, like fathers and mentors,” he says. “I can move away from the sex-symbol stuff.

“And in my own life things have become more settled. There will be no more divorce and I can aim to keep everyone happy. So I am embracing older age without fear.”

He has not been an ideal husband over the years, as he readily acknowledges. “Travelling the world as an actor is a killer for marriages,” he says. “You are not home for your kids either.

“I do regret that so I have tried to make up the time with them when I have been home. There have been weeks or months on end when I’ve not worked at all.

“But there are plenty of other jobs in which families have to live apart – like soldiers or oil rig workers – and so it is no use me whingeing or complaining. I’ve had a great life.”

But Bean, who was away from Britain for months when he was filming Sharpe and spent a year and a half on the other side of the world in New Zealand when he was shooting The Lord Of The Rings, is now working closer to home.

We meet on a wringing wet day in a field just north of London, about 12 miles from his present home, where he is currently filming with James Fox and another sex symbol of her day, Charlotte Rampling.

Bean is playing a government-employed assassin in a controversial new movie Clean Skin, from the director-writer Hadi Hajaig, which has been put together by private investors.

“It’s the best script I’ve read for years,” says Bean, who targets British-born Muslim terrorists in the film. “It’s so tense and full of surprises and I said ‘yes’ immediately.

“I like working in this country. I’ve never had a big desire to become a Hollywood star and move to Los Angeles. It’s just not me somehow.

“I like having the opportunity to work in England but if the parts and the films aren’t there, then you have to travel.”

Bean has certainly also lived the dream – from the days when he was a welder in Sheffield, working at his father’s steel works and living on a council estate from where Hollywood was viewed only from the local cinema.

“I put acting work in a compartment of life and just get on with it,” he says. “Whenever I feel like complaining, I think of how hard some of my mates work – and of the days when I was a welder.

“I am being paid to go to places and work. I’ve been paid to pretend to make love on screen to some beautiful women. Where is the hard work in that?

“When I used to turn up on the terraces of Sheffield United, my mates would say: ‘What’s so-and-so like?’ And I would tell them. It is something that most of us don’t get the chance to do in life.

“So if it’s cold and raining on a film set, so what? I just look around and think: ‘I bet this is going to look great on screen.’ I’ve no time for people who say acting is a hard life.”

It has been a life that Bean has embraced with a range of accents and styles, which have taken him far beyond his role as 1993’s favourite bit of rough, Mellors, in the TV version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

B y that point, Bean had already swept Melanie Griffith into bed on screen and out-acted Tommy Lee Jones in his movie debut Stormy Monday. He had also seen the late Richard Harris receive an Oscar nomination for his co-starring role in 1990’s The Field.

He’d played an Irish terrorist in pursuit of Harrison Ford in 1992’s Patriot Games and had begun a succession of films, set in the Napoleonic wars, as Richard Sharpe.

However, when he delivered a menacing villain as the double agent 006 in Pierce Brosnan’s debut film as James Bond, GoldenEye in 1995, it moved Bean up to a completely different level.

It led to a co-starring role with Robert De Niro in Ronin and much talk of a long-term Hollywood career.

“But I really could not get too worked up about that,” he says. “I always think I could be doing other things. I went 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?’

Whatever accent Bean uses on screen, when away from it he delivers in broad, no-nonsense Sheffield. “I can do accents, no problem,” he says. “I don’t know what anyone makes of them though, especially in America.”

But whenever it appears that he could easily carve out a career in Hollywood, he is more likely to come back and star in a British-made movie. For a man who wears his heart on his shoulder – a tattoo declaring “100 per cent Blade”, the nickname for his beloved Sheffield United – he could just be in the best place.

“My 20s were full of excitement, my 30s were all about consolidating and my 40s were about moving on. I started to look at things in a new light.

“Before the British film Essex Boys and The Lord Of The Rings, I had not worked for more than a year. The stuff I was being offered was not that good and I suddenly realised that I had to be careful about my choice of work.

“It is now probably the right time to move on from the action stuff because there is always the opportunity for men in their 50s to take on more mature roles.”

T he fact that he has hardly ever been out of work has come at a personal price, however. His first marriage to Debra, a local hairdresser, ended after he moved to London to pursue his acting career.

When his second marriage, to actress Melanie Hill (with whom he has two daughters, Lorna, 22, and Molly, 18) came to an end, she still spoke kindly of him when talking of his workaholic nature but revealed he was too fond of drinking with his male pals and watching football.

His subsequent third marriage to the actress Abigail Cruttenden, whom he met while working on Sharpe, lasted less than three years. The couple have an 11-year-old daughter, Evie.

He then met his fourth wife Georgina in a bar in London’s Soho called Gerry’s, which was set up by the late actor Gerald Campion, best known for his Fifties’ television role as Billy Bunter.

“You’d think I would know all there is to know about women now, wouldn’t you?” he asks uneasily.

“But don’t come to me if you want any expert advice. I’m still learning.”

 

 

     
     Penny Jardine from the  Fan Blog for the film "Cash" was in Sheffield. She has posted a lovely little video and some nice shots about Sean Bean unveiling the "Star" on the fanblog-site here:  cashthefilmfanblog.blogspot.com/ (entry unter Saturday,  January, 16th, 2010)

Here is an article from today, source: www.upi.com:

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Sean Bean gets hometown honor
Published: Jan. 17, 2010 at 12:36 AM

SHEFFIELD, England, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- British actor>Sean Bean was honored Saturday in his native town with a plaque on Sheffield's Walk of Fame.

A plaque on the sidewalk outside the town hall was unveiled in a ceremony, the BBC reported. The mayor called Bean, who retains a north of England accent, a "true ambassador for Sheffield."

Bean, who now lives in London, told the audience he planned to make a day of it, watching Sheffield United play Middlesborough.

"I'd like to say thank you to the people of Sheffield for choosing me for it. It really does mean a lot to me," he said.

Bean grew up in Sheffield and studied welding at a local technical college before becoming an actor.

In Britain, he became known for playing Richard Sharpe, a rifleman in the Napoleonic Wars, in a series of television movies. In the rest of the world, he is best known as Boromir in "The Fellowship of the Rings."

He has also played villains in "GoldenEye" and "National Treasure" and a wide range of other roles. Sheffield starred in "The Full Monty," about five unemployed factory workers who decide to perform as male strippers.



And here is an article from news.bbc.co.uk:

Page last updated at 16:56 GMT, Saturday, 16 January 2010

Sean Bean honoured on Sheffield walk of fame
Mr Bean was going to watch Sheffield United play after the ceremony

The actor Sean Bean has been inducted into the walk of fame of his home town of Sheffield.

The city's Lord Mayor called the 50-year-old, famous for his roles in Sharpe and Lord of the Rings, a "true ambassador for Sheffield".

A bronze plaque in the pavement outside the Town Hall was unveiled in a ceremony earlier.

Mr Bean said the award meant a lot to him as he had been nominated by the residents of the city.

"It's a great honour," he said.

"I'd like to say thank you to the people of Sheffield for choosing me for it, it really does mean a lot to me."

Mr Bean said he planned to go to Bramall Lane after the ceremony to watch Sheffield United play Middlesbrough.

The actor was born in Handsworth area of Sheffield and attended Brook Comprehensive School before doing a welding course at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology.

Mr Bean's plaque is in the pavement outside the town hall

He went on to star in the television series Sharpe, before making a name in Hollywood with films such as GoldenEye, Patriot Games and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Sheffield's Lord Mayor, Graham Oxley, said: "Sean has been a true ambassador for Sheffield and a lifelong supporter of the Blades.

"I am very proud to welcome Sean into the city's walk of fame as a great Sheffield legend."

Other stars to feature on the walk of fame include Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, Olympian Sebastian Coe and rock band Def Leppard.


 


17. January 2010
         
 

...and when you have a look here: http://www.thestar.co.uk/video/LEGEND-Sean-Bean-unveils-star.5988733.jp you can see a very nice short video. They promise more to come on Monday! Have fun :-)

from: Sheffield Star - www.thestar.co.uk

16. January 2010
 

Due to the following article from http://www.sheffield.gov.uk Sean Bean will be in Sheffield tomorrow, Saturday, 16 January 2010, 12:30 pm to unveil his plaque on the "Sheffield Walk of Fame" :-)

Date 11/01/2010

Sean Bean


Local hero Sean Bean joins ‘Walk Of Fame’
Summary

Sheffield is to honour one of this country’s most popular stage and film actors next weekend.

Local hero, Sean Bean is to be inducted into the city’s prestigious ‘walk of fame’ on Saturday (16 January) at 12.30pm.

Sean will formally become a Sheffield Legend and join internationally-renown celebrities including Michael Palin, Seb Coe, Gordon Banks, Joe Cocker, Michael Vaughan and Def Leppard, who were all either born in or had strong associations with the city.

Sean was born in the Handsworth area of Sheffield, the son of Rita and Brian Bean, in April 1959.

His first successful role was his portrayal of Richard Sharpe in the British television series ‘Sharpe’. Since then he has become well known internationally for his roles as Boromir in ‘The Lord of the Rings’, James Bond's adversary Alec Trevelyan in ‘GoldenEye’, Nicolas Cage's competitor Ian Howe in ‘National Treasure’, psychotic IRA fringe terrorist Sean Miller out for revenge on Jack Ryan in ‘Patriot Games’, Captain Rich in ‘Flightplan’ with Jodie Foster, Odysseus in ‘Troy’ and Chris DeSilva in ‘Silent Hill’.

Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Graham Oxley said: “Sean has been a true ambassador for Sheffield and a lifelong supporter of the Blades. His popularity was highlighted by the people of Sheffield who nominated him to be one of the original Legends and it’s great to welcome him back to the city to unveil his plaque. I am very proud to welcome Sean into the city’s walk of fame as a great Sheffield Legend.”

The induction ceremony is due to take place at 12.30pm on Saturday 16 January outside the main entrance of the Town Hall in Pinstone Street.

 

15. January 2010
         
1. Januar 2010

...In the meantime, Steve Cowen, the organizator of the "Evening with Sean Bean" has posted some nice photos on his Website: www.stevecowens.co.uk/seannight.htm

When you have already waited longingly for a new Sean-Bean-calendar: Gisela has done it again! Find the lovely calendar for 2010 here:  www.seanbeanpix.de simply follow the link and download 

Since Percy Jackson will have a worldwide release around the 10th to 13th of February 2010, I have now made a first Percy Jackson site here.

Unbelieveable but true for us Germans: now even "Lorna Doone" is coming. :-) German DVD awaited for  4. February 2010. That's the Look of the Cover:
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