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__Sean Bean - Underrated Actor__

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Shawn_McD, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. Anthony_D

    Anthony_D Stunt Coordinator

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    If anything, he is overrated now. [​IMG] Most of us probably didnt even know who he was until LOTR.

    Keep in mind, one great movie role doesn't an actor make. Keanu Reeves in the Matrix anyone?
     
  2. Chuck Mayer

    Chuck Mayer Lead Actor

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    Well, it's not fair to compare Bean to Oldman. That A vs. B would end up with many great actors, plenty of whom possess said AA statue, on the short end. Oldman is brilliant all the time, in a wider range of roles than Bean. But you can say that comparing Oldman to almosr anybody.

    I am not saying Bean deserves an Oscar (though I do feel he deserved a nom in 2001). Just that he's a great actor who elevates every film he is in.

    Take care,
    Chuck
     
  3. Beau

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    I knew of him WELL before LOTR and he certainly has more than one great role, just look at ANY movie mentioned in this thread.[​IMG]
     
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    yes, like "when saturday comes" [​IMG]
     
  5. Patrick_S

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    It seems that I always tend to enjoy his performances. Of course I haven't watched them all and if I do see one that disappoints me I just take into consideration that every actor as a stinker or two in their body of work.
     
  6. JeremySt

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    Ok, time for my to list off some classic Bean quotes. My friends and I still use these today for everyday conversation.

    "Lovely girl. Tastes like strawberries"

    "For England, James?"

    "Mind your bottom, move sure and fast."
     
  7. Shawn_McD

    Shawn_McD Stunt Coordinator

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    Ok who cried during Boromir's death?

    "I would have followed you, my brother....my captain....my KING"


    That scene deserved some award...probably one of the best death scenes IN CINEMATIC HISTORY.
     
  8. Seth Paxton

    Seth Paxton Lead Actor

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    While it looks like Bean will just be another 2nd fiddle action guy in a standard (likely schlock) Bruckheimer film with National Treasure, he does have what appears to be a much better film on the horizon with Flight Plan.

    Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgard, and a story pitch that sounds interestingly similar to Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes. Hopefully Grazer and company will get this project higher than pop entertainment status (iffy with him I realize).
     
  9. Todd Terwilliger

    Todd Terwilliger Screenwriter

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    I don't have much to add but count me in as another Sean Bean fan. [​IMG] I've enjoyed all the roles of his I've seen and he is one of those actors I always want to see more of.
     
  10. BryanV

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    First off I want to congratulate Todd Terwilliger for having one of the coolest sigs ever from one of the coolest movies ever!

    Second I want to know if someone will help me out with a question about the story in Sharpe.

    I just finished the last of the 14 discs and I am a little disappointed that Sharpe never says anything about his baby daughter. Does anyone who may have read the books know whether or not he ever sought her out and tried to raise her with his last girlfriend.

    And did Harper give in to his fears that Ramona would never be accepted in Ireland and completely abandon her and his baby as well????

    These characters are heroes that risked their lives for each other I would hate to think that they would not seek out there own flesh and blood.

    And another thing. I am a big fan of
    Master and Commander, Horatio Hornblower , etc. and I am aware of the origins of many Navy terms ie. Halliard came about from the words Haul Yard. But one that I never here the back story on is why Lieutenant is pronounced Left tenant??? Does anyone know?

    Thanks ya'll.

    ... and yes I think Sean Bean kicks ass too.
     
  11. Michael Harris

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    In the books, Harper's Spanish wife was named Isabella and they did move to Ireland and had four children together.

    Sharpe's daughter by Teresa, Antonia, was conveniently left with relative's in Portugal to be raised. No doubt a convenient plot device to prevent Sharpe from being tied down.

    Source: The Sharpe Companion, London, 1998
     
  12. BryanV

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    Thank you for that Michael.

    At least I can rest assured that Harper was a stand up guy. I think Cromwell could have some cool adventure stories with his daughter being that she was born of two tough cookies.
     
  13. Adam_ME

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    I like him as an actor. I just wish he'd quit playing the villain 90% of the time. It's interesting that someone mentioned Gary Oldman, because I feel the same way about his career lately.
     
  14. BryanV

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    Yes, I agree. I always hated him because of the bad guys he is able to play so well.

    After watching all the Sharpe series I find myself disapointed that he has not been the lead in more American movies.

    And it is really interesting that Viggo and he ended up togther since they both have reputations of being rugged men that are stay clear of the typical celebraty trappings.
     
  15. Jason Co

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    Thumbs up on both Sean Bean and Gary Oldman. I just watched True Romance the other night and it is amazing how entertained I am by any character Gary Oldman plays. I think one of my faves he plays was in the professional. When he talks about his affinity for classical music as they toss the guys apartment is classic Oldman.

    I could watch that scene every damn day!!! Simply brilliant.
    Another actor that I have become increasingly fond of in a similar vain is Don Cheadle. I love the characters he plays. He is getting another lead shot in Hotel Rowanda, the trailer looks pretty powerful.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
    Jason
     
  16. DanR

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    Hmmm, there is no doubt this guy is a great actor. But I disagree he's underrated. I mean, after all, he keeps showing up in a lot of good movies which means the casting directors in Hollywood definitley respect his abilities and know who he is. I think movie-goers know who he is too.

    Regards,
    Dan
     
  17. Cameron Yee

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    Yeah, Don Cheadle is pretty great. Now Mekhi Phifer - he's a guy who shows up in a lot of things I watch but I NEVER like his characters. I just watched Dawn of the Dead, and there he was again, playing a selfish, angry jerk.
     
  18. Jason Co

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    I agree Dan. I guess when people say underrated they think along the lines of Oscars and 20 million dollar paydays for the lead in a movie. I almost don't want to see Sean Bean get many leads. I would hate to see him try to carry a film that isn't right for his talents. I think he's done well choosing the roles he has played so far.
    Just my 2.

    J
     
  19. Scott W.

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    I really like Sean Bean. He played a great villian in GoldenEye.

    Scott
     

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