Sean Bean talks Game of Thrones

Sean Bean has certainly earned his stripes in the fantasy genre.

The British actor has now added another genre credit to his resume that already includes the likes of The Lord of the Rings and Sharpe.

Bean stars in the new HBO production Game of Thrones, which explores a fantasy world of political intrigue, betrayal and violence.

“To do something like this is unusual for television,” Bean said. “There’s an epic quality to it. It’s quite courageous of HBO to do this — it’s different. It’s great to do 10 episodes that stretch right across all seven kingdoms.”

Bean plays the role of Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark who is the Lord of Winterfell and protector of the northern edge of the seven kingdoms of Westeros.

“If you play (the character) from what is there, it works,” he said of the books the series is based on. “You’ve got to try not to impose anything unnatural on the character. The book provided a very good description of the characters — what they look like, what they’re thinking. It’s a great back story and all the information you need is in the script. It felt very natural. I just tried to play as much as I could what Ned was in the book.”

Bean says that audiences can expect a fair bit of raunchy material, along the same lines as Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

“I’d tell people to expect a bit more sex,” Bean said. “It’s quite a raunchy thing, which is good. It’s a strange land where people use sex for power. And it’s a violent time — a very treacherous time.” 

Source: BostonHerald

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