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SEAN BEAN WILL NEVER PICK UP A HITCHER AFTER HIS LATEST FILM ROLE
The LORD OF THE RINGS star talks about playing really bad guys
By: EMMANUEL ITIER
1/18/2007

After making THE HITCHER actor Sean Bean would be too scared to pick
up any hitchhiker, and who could blame him? Bean takes the place of
Rutger Hauer as homicidal hitchhiker John Ryder in the latest Hollywood
horror movie remake who picks a young couple to terrorize and ultimately
frame for grisly acts he has committed.
Bean who has been tempted by the power of the one ring in LORD OF THE
RINGS: THE FELLOWHIP OF THE RING talked with iF MAGAZINE about the
challenges of being cast in a re-make and what it takes to play a really bad guy.
iF MAGAZINE: How does one get into this iconic remake and what did you bring
to this role?
SEAN BEAN: I had seen the original years ago and I was so impressed by it.
And so I was approached for this role and had many reservations. But I totally
got into this new version done by Dave. Also I had worked with Michael Bay
before (note: The Island) and I was convinced there was a great movie to be
made. I think Michael bring a fresh outlook to projects. And I knew I could
create a great character for The Hitcher, especially because I was totally free
to come up with my own interpretation since he has no real back-story to him.
Sometimes it’s a negative not to have details on a role you’re trying to play
but here it let me do what I wanted to do. And I also enjoyed playing a very bad guy.
iF: Does this bring indeed an extra sense of freedom to play a bad guy, to let
all of your anger out in a way…?
BEAN: Well for sure you can do what you want, push the boundaries and that’s
what people want to see. Especially for this type of film but also because in
these days and age everything is so politically boring and correct! People want
the envelope to be pushed.
iF: Have you ever picked up a hitchhiker or do some hitchhiking yourself?
BEAN: I don’t think I could do it because I’d be so scared of it. I think this
would quite a dangerous situation walking down the freeway, anywhere.
Especially the way some people drive. I never picked up anyone; I’d rather
enjoy driving on my own.
iF: What has been your worse road trip in a car ever?

BEAN: Hum, once I shared a ride with a guy that was kind of a lunatic, he
wanted to stop at some graveyard in a church. And I was with my girlfriend
at the time and it really scared us and we just wanted to get home and
far away from him. This was a real spooky experience.

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