On this day 12 years ago, Troy was released in theaters and it is one of the few movies Sean Bean’s character (SPOILER ALERT) actually makes it to the end alive. How is it this great actor managed to make a career out of getting killed?
According to nerdist.com, the only other actors to die on screen more times than the “Walking Spoiler Alert” is John Hurt, Bela Lugosi, and Vincent Price. Of course those three actors have made more movies than Bean has at this point. They actually calculated his death/film percentage and he stands at a 32% death rate, more than the other three actors. To celebrate this rare occasion, here is the really small list of films where Sean Bean survives to the end.
In this Wolfgang Peterson epic retelling of The Iliad, Bean plays Odysseus, the king of Ithaca who fights with the Greeks at the gates of Troy. The clever ruler is the one who comes up with the famous Trojan Horse which leads to the downfall of the kingdom the gift was named after. After Troy is conquered, Odysseus sails home. Of course if you somewhat paid attention in English class, you know that even though Odysseus makes it home alive, he doesn’t have an easy time of getting there.
Silent Hill (2006) and Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)
You would think in a horror movie about sacrificial cults based on a video game with the same name, Bean would most certainly die, but he survives. He even plays the parent to the spooky kid. Doesn’t at least one of the parent to the spooky kid die in those types of movies? And Bean’s character is kidnapped by the cult in the sequel, but still manages to live at the end.
A mystery/thriller about Jodie Foster frantically searching for her daughter when she goes missing on a trans-Atlantic flight. It’s not a bad film, just a bit on the predictable side with the exception on one man. Normally Bean plays the bad guy in these types of films and you would think he is in this one too, but no! He is the captain of the flight and has nothing to do with the plot really other than fly the plane and look at Foster like she is a crazy person for wanting to find her kid who may or may not exist.
In this crappy Adam Sandler action/comedy, Bean plays a Corporal helping to fight an alien invasion that takes the form of classic video games. This movie is absolute garbage that fails as an action movie or a comedy. Total missed opportunity to make a meta joke about Sean Bean’s tendency to be killed on screen.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010)
He is Zeus, the head Greek God. Of course he is not going to be killed in this adaptation of the YA novel of the same name. He doesn’t make an appearance in the 2013 sequel, but it is safe to assume Zeus is still on Olympus doing okay.
National Treasure (2004)
Bean plays the dastardly Ian Howe who is in a race against Nicholas Cage to find the treasure of the Illuminati by using the map on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Normally when Bean plays the baddie, he meets his end before the end credits roll, but in this corny, family friendly action flick, he is merely detained by the FBI for his involvement in the theft of the US’s most valuable document.
Black Beauty (1994)
You would think in this poignant family film where both animals and humans meet sad ends, Bean would be one of the dead. Nope. He plays Farmer Grey who is the original owner of the films main horse and is one of the few people who was nice to the stallion.
The Martian (2015)
This Oscar winning film adapted from the novel of the same name is about rescuing an astronaut, Mark Watney, stranded on Mars after his crew’s mission had to be cut short. Bean plays Mitch Henderson, the mission’s director whose job is to look out for the welfare of the astronauts in the crew. Henderson gets to keep his feet firmly planted on the ground. In fact, he is not seen outside of the NASA offices. A nice little bonus, when the various members of the NASA ground crew secretly meet to decide on how to get Watney home, they called the meeting Elrond after the Council of Elrond in Lord of the Rings. We all know what actor starred and died in that movie!
Just for fun, here is the compilation of all of Sean Bean’s deaths.
Which is your favorite movie where Sean Bean lives? Are there any movies I forgot to include on this list? Which is your favorite where he dies? Sound off in the comments section below.