The Big Empty - Press Archive - Cowboy Sean shoots movie


Source: Sheffield Today
22 November 2003

FILM fans could never accuse Sheffield actor Sean Bean of being type-cast.
Over the past few years Handsworth's favourite son has played SAS soldier
Andy McNab in Bravo Two Zero, a Sheffield United player in When Saturday
Comes and a warrior in the epic fantasy film Lord of the Rings.

Now Bean is preparing for the release of his two latest films where once
again his roles couldn't be more different.

In the dark comedy The Big Empty, Bean plays Cowboy, a mysterious and
violent trucker responsible for taking delivery of a locked suitcase at a seedy
American motel.

The low budget film is set in Los Angeles and Baker, California, on the edge
of Death Valley. It also stars Daryl Hannah and Jon Favreau.

Although the movie opens in LA and Las Vegas on Friday, fans closer to home
will have to wait until next year before it hits British screens.

He told She magazine: "I've just finished a low budget film which was a
real change for me. I play this cowboy... it was a good experience which I
really enjoyed and very different to the kind of big budget productions I have
been working on."

Bean, aged 44, returns to a bigger budget in National Treasure, a Disney
action comedy in which he teams up with Nicholas Cage and Harvey Keitel.

Cage stars as Ben Franklin, an archaeologist who goes in search of legendary
lost treasure. Bean is a rich British adventurer who also dreams of finding the
lost treasure.

The movie, filmed in Washington and Philadelphia in September and October,
is not set for release until autumn 2004.

In the meantime fans will be able to hear Bean's dulcet tones when he
provides the voice of Dark in the Easter TV family spectacular Pride which
is centred on a pride of lions… that's in addition to the many TV adverts he
can currently be heard doing the voiceover for.


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