Sean Bean Hasn’t Died on Screen as Much as We Think, So Maybe Let’s Give the Guy a Break?
Though we often poke at the guy for this very reason, Sean Bean actually isn’t the actor who’s died the most on screen. As Nerdist found out, during a long enough career, one kind of just racks up the groaning, moaning, muttering death spurts that coincide with on-screen deaths. Speaking of, guess who is the actor who’s died the most on screen? John Hurt. Yeah. Chestburster-in-Alien John Hurt.
Nerdist has the full list of his 43 deaths, which include:
The Wild and the Willing, Sinful Davey, A Man for All Seasons, 10 Rillington Place, The Ghoul East of Elephant Rock, Spectre, Alien, The Elephant Man, Heaven’s Gate, The Osterman Weekend, The Hit, After Darkness, The Black Cauldron, Jake Speed, Spaceballs, Aria, Deadline, Little Sweetheart, Scandal, L’Oeil qui ment, Monolith, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Contact, The Climb, All the Little Animals, You’re Dead, Lost Souls, Hellboy, Pride, Tabloid, The Proposition, V for Vendetta, Outlander, Boxes, An Englishman in New York, Ultramarines, Whistle and I’ll Come To You, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Only Lovers Left Alive, Snowpiercer, Hercules, and finally the TV miniseries I, Claudius.
Compare this to Bean’s 25 deaths across 70 movies, and you’ll see why there’s a strong case as to why maybe he shouldn’t be the one shouldering the burdensome reputation for being the one who always dies. I mean, Bean’s beaten by even Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, two classic horror figures who weigh in at 36 and 33, respectively.
The thing is, though, Bean’s body of work isn’t nearly as large as these three iconic actors, and thus, he beats them based on pure pacing alone. So, yeah, okay, maybe there’s something.
Either way, that’s some solid company to find one’s self in, I suppose. Hurt, Lugosi, and Price are some truly iconic names, and the same can be said of Bean—though perhaps he’d just like to make sure he’s iconic not just for dying on screen.
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