I had a phone number and I was afraid to dial it. That’s how I felt before I interviewed Sean Bean. He’s well known for playing tough and intimidating characters like Ned Stark in Game of Thrones and Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and even as the bad guys in Patriot Games and GoldenEye, he’s as much known for his intensity as he is for his often spectacular death scenes. So when it came time to call him on the phone to talk about his new TNT series, Legends, I’ll admit I was a wee bit nervous. And excited.
When Sean answered his phone, instead of a growl, his greeting of “Hello Kellie,” was more like a purr. I was instantly smitten. There is something about his voice that is both powerful and terrifying and utterly, utterly sexy. And charming. I was amazed by how funny he is and how often Sean laughed during our interview. I’d like to think that it’s because I’m that delightful, but I suspect it’s because Sean isn’t as scary as he appears on screen. That’s probably why he’s a terrific actor, and if you think about the words I’ve used to describe him: tough, intimidating, intense, powerful, funny, sexy, you’ll know why he’s perfectly suited to play multiple characters in TNT’s thriller, Legends. Bean can play a variety of diverse characters because he’s a multi-faceted person.
I have seen the series’ first two episode and they’re even more riveting than the show’s trailers. I can’t wait for more episodes. The entire cast is fantastic, but Sean Bean is mesmerizing and it’s going to be a delicious and torturous treat to wait a week between episodes, as I’ve gotten a bit spoiled by binge TV watching. Sean hadn’t yet watched any of Legends’ completed episodes so he peppered me with questions about what made the final cut and what hadn’t.
Then I asked Sean our 7 Questions and found his answers the exact opposite of what I expected. Perhaps you’ll agree that you may know Sean Bean the actor, but you hardly know Sean Bean the man.
1. You’re at a magazine rack and can only pick three titles. Which ones do you choose?
I don’t read many magazines. I read Gardeners’ World Magazine. It’s a British magazine. It sounds rather mundane, but it’s my favorite. (Laughs) Oh God, there’s plenty. I suppose, Sheffield United — they’re my football team, I love their weekly magazine. I also read The Guardian.
2. If your TV carried just three shows or networks, what would they be?
I like Discovery and National Geographic. I love Pawn Stars, I’ve been watching a lot of television and I like Mountain Men on The History Channel. They’ve got a guy called Tom, an old guy, who’s a lovely chap.
3. What are three things that you have to have in your fridge or pantry?
Milk, eggs — that sounds a bit boring, doesn’t it? — And blueberries.
4. What has been your strangest or funniest fan encounter?
Many fans get dressed up like characters I’ve played and it’s fun. I get quite amused to see them dressed like me.
5. Tell us about a time you were star struck.
I used to get star struck when I would see soccer players when I was younger. When my dad would take me to soccer matches. That was a long, long time ago, but I was so thrilled. And there have been actors too. Robert Duvall — God, that must have been about ten years ago — at the Four Seasons Hotel. I love his work and I’m a big admirer of his. He shook my hand and I nearly fainted.
6. What is a movie you can watch over and over again?
I used to watch Dumb & Dumber over and over again. It was quite good. And Meet The Parents. I could watch The Godfather and Casino too.
7. If you could have any talent that you don’t currently possess, what would it be?
I like to be able to play the piano and be an outstanding concert pianist. I’d like to be able to do that. (Me: That should be a legend for Martin Odum.) Yes! That would be great!