Boromir has little to do with the following article, but I can't ever get enough of him, and this is a pose I am fond of for some reason.
I found this article while looking for something else; it didn't seem like one I'd read before, so I thought I'd share it here. I've included the link and the transcript, just in case the link expires in the near future. Apologies if it's been posted already!
October 6, 2005
Q & A with Sean Bean
By LOUIS B. HOBSON - Calgary Sun
More often than not, Sean Bean just seems to be in the right place at the right time. Bean, 46, never intended to be an actor. He is a welder's son from Sheffield who decided to study art. Now, several years and a few serendipitous events later, he finds himself acting alongside Jodie Foster in the in-air thriller Flightplan.
The Sun: Were you always interested in being an artist?
Bean: From the time I could pick up a pencil, I was always drawing and painting. After finishing school, I welded with my dad for three years but started selling a few paintings so I went off to art college.
The Sun: You got your big acting start in the British TV hit Sharpe's Rifles, how did that come about?
Bean: I got that role at the last moment. Another actor (Paul McGann) had been cast but injured himself. Luckily I was between projects and was available. I don't think anyone thought the show would be as popular as it became.
The Sun: Was it not while filming an episode of Sharpe's Rifles where you met your third wife, Abigail Crutten?
Bean: Abigail played Jane Gibbons. We fell in love and got married on screen first, and then in real life. The marriage lasted a few years.
The Sun: It was shortly after your stint on Sharpe's that you were cast as Boromir in The Lord Of The Rings. Was it a welcome return to the spotlight for you?
Bean: I didn't miss fame or the attention from female fans, but it was nice to have it back for a while again. The upside of fame is that you get to travel all over the world to make your films, work with fantastic people and you get to meet your heroes.
The Sun: And the downside?
Bean: I keep hearing there's a downside but I haven't encountered it yet.
The Sun: Was there a bit of irony involved in you being cast as the pilot who must deal with a crazed Jodie Foster in Flight Plan?
Bean: I only fly if I have to and then only in big planes.
The Sun: How did you prepare to the play the role of a pilot?
Bean: To research my role in Flightplan I went to flight simulation school, but I found it more valuable just to talk to pilots about how they handle mid-air passenger problems.
The Sun: You've had a busy year, shooting National Treasure, The Dark, The Island, Flightplan and North Country all in quick succession. How did that pan out?
Bean: Nicolas Cage keeps talking about a sequel to National Treasure. I wouldn't pay too much attention to that kind of talk, except that the movie made a lot of money and it is Nic Cage. I'm expecting a call from Disney any time now.
Bring on that sequel, I say!!