After being in three Lord of the Rings films, one would think that Sean Bean would be tired of costume drama. But he is doing it again in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Isn’t he afraid of being typecast?
—Mark Iverson, Canton, Ohio
The British actor, 52, feels it is a good thing to be typecast, especially when it leads to work on projects such as Game of Thrones. “I happen to enjoy playing those kind of roles with riding horses, swinging swords and having fights and wearing wigs and growing beards—even though I don’t first thing in the morning, when it takes you about three hours to get ready,” he says. Bean has starred also in several “modern” movie dramas, including Ca$h, National Treasure and Patriot Games. Based on the bestselling book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones takes viewers to the fantastical continent of Westeros, a land of kings, queens, barbarians, black magic, palace intrigue, wars and more.