Sean Bean reveals he's started turning down roles in which his characters die after being killed onscreen a staggering 23 times
Sean Bean has revealed that he's so exasperated with his characters dying onscreen, he's now turning down roles which would see him meeting a grisly end.
The 60-year-old actor's character Ned Stark was brutally beheaded in the first season of hit fantasy drama Game Of Thrones, while Boromir perished under a shower of arrows in Lord Of The Rings — marking just two of his 23 screen deaths.
And Sean has now decided that he'd like for his next character to make it out of a TV show or movie alive, telling The Sun: 'I’ve turned down stuff. I’ve said, "They know my character’s going to die because I’m in it!"
Lust for life: Sean Bean has revealed that he's so exasperated with his characters dying onscreen, he's now turning down roles which would see him meet a grisly end
'I just had to cut that out and start surviving, otherwise it was all a bit predictable. I did do one job and they said, "We’re going to kill you," and I was like, "Oh no!" and then they said, "Well, can we injure you badly?" and I was like, "OK, so long as I stay alive this time."
He added of his many screen roles: 'I’ve played a lot of baddies, they were great but they weren’t very fulfilling — and I always died.'
Fans of the star need not be concerned when they sit down to watch his upcoming BBC World War II drama World On Fire, as his character Douglas Bennett survives.
Get the point: His character Boromir perished under a shower of arrows in Lord Of The Rings
Beheaded, a bayonet stabbing and buried alive - Sean's 23 deaths
Caravaggio (1986) THROAT CUT BY LOVER
First death: Sean's character Ranuccio had his throat slit in 1986's Caravaggio
Sean's character Ranuccio had his throat slit by lover Caravaggio in revenge for killing the latter's lover.
The Field (1990) FORCED OFF CLIFF BY STAMPEDING CATTLE
Cliff: Sean's farmer is trampled by livestock and knocked off a cliff
In one of his more unusual deaths, the actor, playing farmer Tadgh McCabe is killed when he tries to stop his mad father running their cattle off a cliff.
He is trampled by the livestock and knocked off the cliff.
Clarissa (1991) IMPALED WITH A SABRE
Duel: Sean's villainous Robert Lovelace was impaled by a rapier in Clarissa
Sean plays the villainous Robert Lovelace in the 18th century drama.
After revealing his evil intent to rape love interest Clarissa to wreak revenge on her family, he is stabbed with a rapier by his best pal Jack.
Scarlett (1994) STABBED IN BED
Evil: Rapist Lord Fenton was stabbed to death in his bed by one of his victims
Sean plays the evil rapist Lord Fenton in the miniseries.
He gets his comeuppance when he is stabbed to death in his bed by one of his victims.
Airborne (1998) SHOT WITH A PISTOL
Over: Sean meets his demise when he is shot with a pistol from a distance
In this role, Sean's character Dave Toombs, part of a Black Ops team called Mach 1, meets his demise when he is shot with a pistol from a distance.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - ARROWS
Farewell: Gondor warrior Boromir was slayed with arrows by Uruk Hai (2001)
Gondor warrior Boromir, who was briefly corrupted by the One Ring, was ordered to find Frodo and protect the hobbit from the Uruk-Hai.
While defending Merry and Pippin from the villains, he was mortally wounded by multiple arrows.
Equilibrium (2002) SHOT IN THE FACE
Gunfight: Errol Partridge is shot in the face by John Preston (Christian Bale)
Sean's character Errol Partridge is shot in the face by John Preston (Christian Bale) when he finds out he has kept a book of poems - against city-state law.
The Island (2005) CHOKED BY A SCAFFOLDING CHAIN
Gasp: Sean's Dr Merrick is killed by Tom Lincoln (Ewan McGregor) in The Island
Sean's Dr Merrick is killed by Tom Lincoln (Ewan McGregor) when he discovers his illegal organ harvesting and cloning practise.
He is strangled with a scaffolding chain at the end of the film.
The Hitcher (2007) - GUNNED DOWN
Bloody: Sean's psycho character was gunned down in 2007's The Hitcher
In the 2007 remake of the 1986 horror film, Bean played a psycho who tormented a young couple on their Spring Break road trip.
He met a grisly end when the young woman, played by Sophia Bush) took him out with a shotgun.
Death Race (2008) SHOT IN THE CHEST
Brutal: Markus Kane is offed with a bullet to the chest
Starring as a mob boss Markus Kane, Sean is offed with a bullet to the chest after offering a $1,000,000 bounty to any prisoner who can kill him.
Black Death (2010) TORN APART BY HORSES
Slayed: Sean's character was drawn and quartered by horses
Bean's character, envoy for the regional bishop Ulric is drawn a and quartered by horses for refusing to renounce his faith.
Game Of Thrones (2011) BEHEADED
Game of deaths: Ned Stark was beheaded in the first season Game Of Thrones
Sean played Ned Stark in the first season of the smash hit fantasy drama.
Ned is beheaded on the orders of the sadistic Joffrey, who orders the killing for his own amusement.
War Requiem (1989) STABBED WITH A BAYONET
Stabbed: Sean's German soldier was stabbed with a bayonet in this film
Playing a German soldier, Bean's character died after being shot in the hand and stabbed by a bayonet.
Lorna Doone (1990) DROWNED IN A RIVER
Drowned: Carver Doone is pushed in a river after shooting his love
Playing Carver Doone in the flick set in the 17th century, Sean shoots his love interest Lorna on her wedding day.
He gets his just desserts when he is caught and pushed in a river.
Patriot Games (1992) IMPALED BY AN ANCHOR
End: During a boat fight, Miller dies when he is impaled by an anchor, then blown up
Marking his breakthrough into US films, Sean's character Sean Miller was an Irish Republican Army leader who faces off against Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford).
During a boat fight, Miller dies when he is impaled by an anchor.
GoldenEye (1995) - FLUNG OFF A SATELLITE DISH
OO-hell: Traitorous 00 agent, Alec Trevelyan fell off a satellite dish in 1995's GoldenEye
Sean played the traitorous 00 agent, Alec Trevelyan in the 17th James Bond film alongside Pierce Brosnan.
During a showdown he falls from a satellite before the wreckage lands on him.
Essex Boys (2000) SHOT IN THE HEAD
Grim: Sean's death scene saw him shot in the head during a dodgy drug deal
Sean plays drug lord Jason Locke who gets shot in the head while sitting in a car during a drug deal gone wrong.
Don't Say A Word (2001) BURIED ALIVE
Sticky end: Crime boss Patrick Koster is covered in earth in this film
Sean's character Patrick Koster was the head of a gang of thieves, who was doublecrossed, losing out on a precious gem.
He meets a sticky end when Nathan (Michael Douglas) covers him with earth during a final fight scene.
Henry VIII (2003) - HUNG WITH CHAINS
Grisly: Robert Aske was hung by chains in York in Henry VIII (2003)
Sean took on the role of lawyer turned rebellion leader Robert Aske in the period drama.
After being convicted of high treason and tortured, he was 'gibbeted' - hung by chains in York
Far North (2007) FROZEN TO DEATH
Icy: Playing injured soldier Loki, he freezes to death after running out of a tent
Playing injured soldier Loki, he freezes to death after being cruelly tricked into having sex with his love's murderer.
Outlaw (2007) SHOT IN THE CHEST
Line of duty: Sean's soldier turned vigilante is gunned down in Outlaw
In his second on-screen death of the year, Sean took on the role of a soldier who returns home from duty to find his country is now a war zone.
Determined to fight the evil in his home, he is ultimately killed by an armed response during a gunfight
RED RIDING: The Year of 0ur Lord (2009) SHOT
Bullet: John Dawson receives a bullet to the chest in this film
Cunning real estate agent John Dawson, who is accused of a number of murders is shot dead by reporter Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield).
CA$H (2010) SHOT IN THE HEAD DURING CAR FIGHT
Bloodshed: Bean plays Pyke Kubic in the crime thriller, who is fatally shot in his car
Bean plays Pyke Kubic in the crime thriller, who is fatally shot in his car before a bank robbery.
2019: How will Sean die next on-screen?
With eight years passing since Sean's last on-screen death, the question remains as to when - and how - the star will meet his end next.
And while he's gleefully facing the prospect of a little more longevity in his future roles onscreen, things may also be getting decidedly more busy in his personal life.
At the start of the year, Sean admitted he's open to the prospect of having more children, after finally settling with his fifth wife, former actress Ashley Moore.
The celebrated actor exchanged vows with Moore, who at 34 is 26-years his junior, in 2017 after a five-year relationship that began with 'a chance meeting' in his favourite north London pub.
But he admits four previous marriages, from which he has fathered three daughters, has not dissuaded him from considering a fourth child, and his first with his Moore, as he enters his 60th year.
Off with his head: He portrayed Ned Stark on the hit fantasy drama Game Of Thrones, but left toward the end of the first season when his character was was brutally beheaded
First time for everything: First death: Sean's character Ranuccio had his throat slit in 1986's Caravaggio
Bloodshed: Sean's psycho character was gunned down by the woman he tormented in 2007's The Hitcher
Unusual: In one of his more unusual on-screen deaths, he was knocked off a cliff by stampeding cattle in 1990's The Field
Weighing up the possibility of more children, he told The Times: ‘Possibly, yes. With Ashley, yeah. That would be nice, that.’
His relationship with his wife began unexpectedly, with the pair making an immediate connection after meeting in Belize Park bar The Cobden Arms, a stones' throw from his former home in the affluent London suburb.
'She was there with friends and I came in with my friend and it was just a chance meeting,' he recalled. 'I used to go in there now and again, but it was the first time she'd ever been in. We kind of hit it off.'
While Moore's 'optimism and vibrancy' has helped change his life, the actor says advancing age has also given him the ability to look back at his previous relationships with a greater degree of maturity.
Torture: Playing Robert Aske in 2003's Henry VIII, he was hung with chains in York
Grim: Sean's villainous character Lord Fenton was stabbed to death in his bed in 1994's Scarlett
We expect him to die: Traitorous 00 agent Alec Trevelyan fell off a satellite dish in 1995 Bond film, GoldenEye
Survivor: Fans of the star need not be concerned when they sit down to watch his upcoming BBC World War II drama World On Fire, as his character Douglas Bennett survives
'You know, you look back on things and and think, "Maybe I should have done that in a different way. Maybe I wouldn't have done that. I'd do that differently now."
'But then again, you're a lot younger, they're different times and you think, "Would I have done that? Would I really do it any differently?"'
Bean's first marriage to school sweetheart Debra James, a hairdresser, came in 1981, when he was just 21.
However it crumbled soon after he moved to London a short time later to study at RADA, where fell in love with fellow student Melanie Hill.
So happy: Earlier this year, Sean Bean admitted he is open to the prospect of having more children at the age of 60 after finally settling with his fifth wife, former actress Ashley Moore
The actress, who starred in the classic sitcom Bread, became his second wife in 1990. The couple have two daughters together, Lorna and Molly.
Their marriage lasted seven years and soon after their split, the star confirmed he was dating actress Abigail Cruttenden, who he met on the set of ITV series Sharpe.
The couple married in November 1997 and their daughter Evie was born the following year; however, they split when their baby was only a few months old.
He married for the fourth time, to actress Georgina Sutcliffe at Marylebone Register Office in February 2008 but their marriage lasted for just two years.
I do: The celebrated actor exchanged vows with Moore, who at 34 is 26-years his junior, in 2017 after a five-year relationship that began with 'a chance meeting' in his favourite pub
The pair met five years previously in 2003 when she was managing the bar at a West End theatre where Bean was playing Macbeth.
They shared a house in Belsize Park, north London, but are thought to have separated during the first year of their marriage before reuniting. Two years later they divorced, citing ‘irreconcilable differences.'
In 2011 the actor said that he had finally given up on marriage, saying he preferred spending his time gardening.
He told Croatian magazine Gloria: 'Of course I believe in love despite four divorces. There is nobody who doesn't believe in love. But marriage - that fits some people but obviously not me.'
Open: He admits four previous marriages, from which he has fathered three daughters, has not dissuaded him from considering a fourth child, and his first with his Moore