Sean Bean is having a good 2015 — he hasn’t died in any of the movies he’s been featured in this year, a pretty good run considering he’s one of the most killed actors in Hollywood history. Rest assured, he’s noticed the “My characters are always dying” trend, saying he usually reads “from the back end of the script, just read from the end to see when I go.”
He’s also noticed those memes. You know the ones. Brace yourself, Sean Bean memes are coming. One does not simply talk about Sean Bean memes without showing you at least a few:
Here’s what he told the Radio Times about his extra layers of internet fame:
“I have died quite a few times to be fair,” the star says in this week’s Radio Times, admitting to having watched montages of his characters’ deaths on YouTube. “I’ve seen that reel of clips – it sounds a bit macabre, but I watched that back, and I’d forgotten some of the scenes I’d died in.”
“For some reason, the parts I play, like Boromir or Ned Stark, have a life online long afterwards. I keep seeing, what do you call them – memes? ‘One does not simply ask for a drink’ instead of ‘One does not simply walk into Mordor’ – that sort of thing,” he says, adding: “They’ll probably be my unintended legacy.”
No word on if he said that with a laugh or while pensively drinking a scotch on the rocks, horrified that his 30+ year career as an actor is being overshadowed by memes. The only thing we can do to honor that sacrifice is to keep churning out new ones.