I’ve been watching Sean Bean movies for a while now and like most of you, I thought the same thing when I first saw him – this guy plays the villain in every movie.
My first exposure to Sean Bean was more than a decade ago when I saw Goldeneye. He was the typical Bond villain: vain, cocky, prone to making baffling mistakes (why not just shoot James Bond in the head instead of rigging easily escapable, timed explosions?). I saw Sean Bean in a couple of other movies as well in my early years and didn’t think much of him. He was your prototypical bad guy.
In 2004, I saw National Treasure and it changed my world forever. National Treasure starred Nicholas Cage as the “hero” and Sean Bean as the “villain.” The movie quickly became one of my favorite movies ever, as it combined two things I really liked: history and Nicholas Cage. As I began to see the movie more and more, things started to click in my head.
I remember getting to the end of this movie, thinking over what happened during the movie, and wondering to myself, why did Sean Bean go to jail? How come Nicholas Cage’s character wasn’t in jail?
It was the typical Hollywood treatment of Bean. We’ve been duped so long into thinking of him as the villain that even when he’s being betrayed and dumped on by his supposed friends, we still see him as the villain, when in fact, he is the victim.
You’re probably wondering what I mean by this. I mean, he must have been the victim in National Treasure. After all, he tried to steal the Declaration of Independence, and the only person who could stop him was Nicholas Cage. But is that really what happened? Did he really betray Nicholas Cage? Was he really the villain in Goldeneye? In Lord of the Rings? In any of his movies?
In this blog, I’m going to watch each of Sean Bean’s movies and show you that Sean Bean is no villain. There is always something more to him, something that we – the audience – aren’t paying attention to. At worst, he’s a villain, but a misunderstood one. But more often than not, he’s the victim, the one who’s actually being betrayed by someone. Watch his movies, follow along.
My hope is that you’ll see that he’s not a villain, just misunderstood.
*I started this blog way back in 2010 after seeing a website entitled “Don’t Trust Sean Bean” and feeling compelled to address a website which called him a villain. The Don’t Trust Sean Bean website is long gone now. For a variety of reasons, I never fully kept the blog going. But I’m bringing it back now, with what I hope to be a more consistent posting schedule and some revised content. I hope you enjoy it.