The Bean Machine


THE SUN (September 25 1997)

THE BEAN MACHINE
It's TV Sean as desert war ace

SCREEN hunk Sean Bean strides through the desert in his gripping new role as a tough Gulf War hero.

Sean, 39, dons combat gear to play SAS unit commander Andy McNab in the £5million BBC1 drama Bravo Two Zero.

The Sharpe star - pictured for the first time in the part - spent two months making the film in the blistering heat of South Africa's Northern Cape region. And he cut a realistic figure, armed to the teeth, unshaven, and with his handsome features battered by the sun and sand.

The two-hour adventure, due to be screened early next year, is based on McNab's book about his real-life mission to blow up missiles behind Iraqi lines. The assignment ended in disaster when he was captured and tortured by tyrant Saddam Hussein's troops.

A source said: "Filming was tough. Sean faced incredible physical demands and the desert was sweltering."



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