6 June 2006
SEAN'S SHOW OF METAL
By Alex Williams
SEAN Bean went AWOL from the set of his latest film - so he could rekindle his love of welding.
The star, who was a welder's apprentice before he hit the big time, gave his minders and crew the slip to call in at a workshop he had spotted.
Welder Chris Holmes, 42, said: "He said he used to be a welder and fancied getting back into it and asked if I would mind him having a go.
"He had dodged all the fancy film people. I think he was fed up with them."
Bean, filming vigilante flick Outlaw with Bob Hoskins, welded his name on a bit of metal above three kisses and had a mug of coffee with the staff.
Chris, 42, of Lydney, Glos, said: "I told him if his film career went up I smoke he could go back to welding. He's not too bad."