Let me start off this article by saying something that I know a lot of people think but rarely vocalize: Sean Bean is a great actor and one badass motherfucker. When he’s not kicking ass in movies like The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and the recent Black Death and on television in HBO’s Game of Thrones, he’s waving off stab wounds after defending the honor of his girlfriend in a bar fight.
He’s also been killed more times on screen than most actors I or you can think of, and usually in spectacular fashion. Never let it be said the man didn’t know how to make a great exit. A few days ago, Harry Hanrahan over at Pajiba put together a 4-minute-long video compilation of Bean’s death scenes and set to Giles Lamb and the Dead Island Quartet’s theme music from the announcement trailer for the video game Dead Island.
You can watch the video here below.
I recognized a few of the scenes in this video but you can find a complete list of the movies featured at Pajiba.
Personally I feel that Bean’s 2000 Maniacs-style exit in Christopher Smith’s excellent Black Death is the best in terms of sheer spectacle, but Equilibrium and Fellowship of the Ring never fail to make me tear up. Poor Boromir.
Having watched this video several times I am now convinced that Sean Bean is the real Highlander.