The Many Betrayals of Sean Bean

GoldenEye (1995) Role: Alec Trevelyan, British secret agent 006. Betrayal: He becomes the leader of a terrorist organization trying to destroy Britain. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Role: Boromir, one of the nine companions assigned to protect Frodo from … Continued

Sean Bean: GoldeneyeGoldenEye (1995)
Role: Alec Trevelyan, British secret agent 006.
Betrayal: He becomes the leader of a terrorist organization trying to destroy Britain.

The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Role: Boromir, one of the nine companions assigned to protect Frodo from all who would take the ring.
Betrayal: He tries to take the ring.

Equilibrium (2002)
Role: Errol Partridge, a policeman in a dystopian future, charged with hunting down and killing those who refuse to take their emotion-suppressing medicine.
Betrayal: He stops taking the medicine.

(Many, many more after the jump.)

Henry VIII (2003)
Role: Robert Aske, a lawyer from a well-connected and noble English family.
Betrayal: He becomes the leader of a rebellion.

Troy (2004)
Role: Odysseus.
Betrayal: He comes up with the Trojan Horse. (Technically not a betrayal, since he is at war with the Trojans. But a dick move nevertheless.)

He even LOOKS untrustworthy.

National Treasure (2004)
Role: Ian Howe, a wealthy businessman who finances Nicolas Cage’s treasure-hunting.
Betrayal: He steals a clue from Cage and tries to kill him, repeatedly.

The Island (2005)
Role: Dr. Merrick, the physician for an underground colony of leotard-wearers.
Betrayal: These people are actually clones, and Merrick is harvesting their organs.

The Hitcher (2007)
Role: John Ryder, a friendly guy whose car has broken down.
Betrayal: He’s a crazy murderer.

And what’s Bean working on now?

Come Like Shadows (2008)
Role: MacBeth
Betrayal: C’mon, this is getting ridiculous.

9 Comments on “The Many Betrayals of Sean Bean”

  1. Serpico #

    You guys are on to something here.


  2. Stokes #

    Ronin (1998)
    Role: Spence
    Betrayal: Falsifies his resume. Would be less of a big deal if the position he was applying for wasn’t “soldier of fortune.”

    Anna Karenina (1997)
    Role: Vronsky
    Betrayal: Seducing/impregnating/driving to suicide the married sister of his friend.

    Lady Chatterley (1993)
    Role: Mellors
    Betrayal: Seducing his boss’ sexually frustrated wife.

    A Woman’s Guide to Adultery (1993)
    Role: Paul
    Betrayal: Seducing the… you know what, I’m not even going to finish this one.

    Lorna Doone (1990)
    Role: Carver Doone
    Betrayal: Treason. Fucking treason.


  3. fenzel #

    Fenzel’s Senior Prom (1999)
    Role: Fenzel’s Date
    Betrayal: Totally wouldn’t dance with Fenzel all night and hooked up with somebody else in the Marriott bathroom.


  4. Taylor #

    I used to always wonder why it seemed that every character Sean Bean played…the character was killed in the movie.


  5. leila sharif #

    Remember these are just parts in films that Sean Bean was cast in….in real life, there isn’t any evidence that he has “betrayed” anyone – he’s a decent father and has kept the same best friends for over 20 years.

    Now about this issue of “betrayal” – granted in the films “Island” and “Lorna Doone” he played villians…but in the rest of the films you alleged he is a “betrayer” he didn’t do anything wrong. In “Chatterly” he clearly didn’t “seduce” the wife – she practically threw herself at him, plus her husband was pretty rotten to the core – in “Anna Karenina” it was also a MUTUAL romance not a seduction – Vronsky doesn’t drive to suicide Anna – since she was already quite high strung from the very beginning of the film – remember Anna Karenina was addicted to opium/laudunum, which is what drove her over the edge, plus her endless self-pity. He plays lots of villians in movies, but in real life he’s a pretty decent person. But I enjoyed reading your posts and they were pretty entertaining.


  6. mlawski OTI Staff #

    Okay, I’m coming to this party nine months late, but…

    You know who’s cast as Lady Macbeth in Come Like Shadows? Tilda Swinton! There’s ANOTHER person who keeps being typecast as the cold bitchy betrayer.

    That’s it. The next movie I make is going to be a cute romantic comedy with Sean Bean and Tilda Swinton as the leads.

    And no murder.


  7. HeinrichVII #

    He is an absolutely class guy however he does betray his fans a bit eg.

    Troy (2004)
    Role: Oddysseus
    Betrayal: He hasn’t made a sequel yet!

    Outlaw (2007)
    Role: Bryant (I can’t remember his first name) an ex-soldier.
    Betrayal: He dies… I mean WTF!!?!?! He doesn’t even take that many people down with him. Also he randomly strings that guy up and shoots him in the knee? Not to mention sparing Furlong, he basically sentenced poor Bob Hoskins to death.

    Equilibrium (2002)
    Role: Errol Partridge
    Betrayal: See above

    Sure he is a sly devil but we must remember how nice he was in Sharpe…
    appart from stealing his friend’s girl.
    Sharpe’s Waterloo
    Role: Richard Sharpe (I mean come on, if you don’t know who he is then just…)
    Betrayal: Steals Frederikson’s girl, sure I’ll admit that she didn’t relly like the guy but he needed omeone didn’t he!
    And finally

    Goldeneye (1995)
    Role: Alec Trevelyan
    Betrayal: His RP accent was hilarious… but seriously did he need to die?

    In conclusion I would say that all films that Sean Bean dies in are in fact betrayals so we should all just sit down and watch Sharpe.


  8. SolernanScum #

    I agree with heinrich Vii Bob Hoskins should have survived.


  9. TejanTurd #

    I think that furlong moved pretty fukin fast to be at bob’s house straight away.


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