Sean Bean may be the most killed off actor working today. By some accounts, he’s been hanged, shot, and otherwise whacked about 25 times. He’s even compiled a list of My Top 5 Death Scenes. Now, he’s starring in a new TNT series, Legends, debuting next month, playing an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations division. TV critics attending a Q&A session for the show at Summer TV Press Tour 2014 naturally wondered how long he’d last on the series– especially given that TNT had distributed T-shirts with the hashtag #DoneKillSeanBean before he took the stage.
“I’m going to be on this for a while,” Bean said, convincing few.
“What do you think about people’s interest in your characters dying on film and TV?” asked a critic.
“It’s quite bizarre,” he admitted. “I’ve died quite a few times, actually…maybe it’s the quality of my death people are fascinated by.
“Do you have a favorite death?” one critic asked, in rather loud taste.
“I liked the Lord Of The Rings [death]. It was quite an epic death,” Bean reminisced, fondly.
Critics asked exec producer David Wilcox point blank if Bean had been cast in the lead role because producers love knocking him off. “It’s not the main reason Sean was cast, but it’s certainly kind of a fun benefit that it’s gonna be a question,” Wilcox answered coyly, undoing Bean’s assurances.
In May of ’13, TNT greenlit spy drama Legends, starring Games Of Thrones alum Sean Bean and executive produced by Homeland‘s Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which is being produced by Fox 21, for debut next month. Based on the book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends centers on Martin Odum (Bean), an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations division. Martin has the uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job. But he begins to question his own identity when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be.