If you were to look at Sean Bean’s acting history, you could probably pinpoint one characteristic common to each of his characters. Alec Trevelyan in Goldeneye, Ian Howe in National Treasure, or Boromir in Lord of the Rings – just to name a few – all seem to share one common characteristic.  They all seem to be the “villain” or a “bad guy” in each of their respective movies.

Sean Bean has gotten a reputation as someone who will betray you in his movies. I see it differently. I see his characters as out to get what justly belongs to them, rightly seeking retribution for wrongs that have been committed against him. Often times, he’s the one who’s been betrayed. But because of how his movies play out, we walk out of the theater thinking justice was done – that he was the bad guy and got what was coming to him.
We never stop to think whether the wrong was done to him.

For years, Sean Bean has been playing these same characters, the villains of the movie world. He’s the man you’ve been taught to hate.  You’ve been taught that’s he’s untrustworthy.  

But we’ve all misunderstood him. 

We’ve unfairly maligned Bean’s characters, seeing them as one sided, evil villains. His characters are deeper than that. They’re misunderstood, and we don’t realize it. More often that not, Bean plays characters that are too nice, too trusting, too naive about how those around him will take advantage of him.  Usually, he pays with his life.

He’s never truly the villain.  More often than not, he’s actually the victim.

In this blog, I hope to set the record straight about Bean and his characters, and maybe, just maybe, we can all come to understand these characters a little better.  He’s not a villain.  Just misunderstood. Just give me a chance to convince you.