Sean Bean turns down fatal roles after getting killed onscreen 21 times

Sean Bean has started turning down roles which see his character murdered, after being killed on-screen a staggering 21 times.Some of the 60-year-old actor’s most famous deaths include his Game of Thrones character Ned Stark’s beheading in the fantasy …

Sean Bean has started turning down roles which see his character murdered, after being killed on-screen a staggering 21 times.

Some of the 60-year-old actor’s most famous deaths include his Game of Thrones character Ned Stark’s beheading in the fantasy series’ first season, and his Lord of the Rings alter-ego Boromir’s death in a shower of arrows.

However, Sean is keen to change the type of gigs he takes on, admitting that it had become somewhat “predictable” that his characters died.

“I’ve turned down stuff,” he told Britain’s The Sun newspaper. “I’ve said, ‘They know my character’s going to die because I’m in it!

“I just had to cut that out and start surviving, otherwise it was all a bit predictable. I did do one job and they said, ‘We’re going to kill you,’ and I was like, ‘Oh no!’ and then they said, ‘Well, can we injure you badly?’ and I was like, ‘OK, so long as I stay alive this time.'”

Revealing the types of parts he gets offered, Sean explained: “I’ve played a lot of baddies, they were great but they weren’t very fulfilling – and I always died.”

His latest role, in BBC World War II drama World on Fire, sees him starring as troubled ex-soldier Douglas Bennett. Before taking on the part, Sean checked with creator Peter Bowker that Douglas survives.

“It was a telephone conversation and I said, ‘I don’t die in this one, do I?’ and he said, ‘No, no you’ll be fine. You’re alright,'” Sean told press during the show’s launch.

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Andy Serkis to direct Venom 2

Andy Serkis has been confirmed as the director of Venom 2.The British filmmaker will direct the sequel to last year’s Marvel comic book movie, starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed. “Verified It’s actually happening. I can feel it, the S…

Andy Serkis has been confirmed as the director of Venom 2.

The British filmmaker will direct the sequel to last year’s Marvel comic book movie, starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Riz Ahmed.

“Verified It’s actually happening. I can feel it, the Symbiote has found a host in me, and I’m ready for the ride…Can’t wait,” Serkis wrote alongside a picture of him posing with a Venom comic on Instagram, shortly after it was confirmed he had landed the coveted role.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 55-year-old flew to Los Angeles last month to meet with Sony studio bosses, and was one of several filmmakers in the running for the job.

It will be the third directorial offering from Serkis, after he helmed 2017 drama Breathe and last year’s Netflix project Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which was a take on the Rudyard Kipling stories.

The father-of-three is best known for his motion capture acting work for characters including Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, and as chimpanzee Caesar in the Planet of the Apes saga.

Venom 2 will once again star Hardy as the journalist Eddie Brock who inadvertently becomes intertwined with an alien symbiote. And according to multiple outlets, the sequel will revolve around villain Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, after Venom’s end credits scene teased Woody Harrelson in the role of the incarcerated criminal.

Producer Amy Pascal also hinted at the possibility that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man could show up in sequel, as Venom is one of the web-slinger’s adversaries.

“Everybody would love to see that,” she shared. “You never know someday… it might happen.”

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Russell Crowe: ‘Peter Jackson didn’t really want me for Lord of the Rings’

Russell Crowe missed out on a big payday when he turned down a major role in The Lord of the Rings movies.The Gladiator star was offered the part of Aragorn in director Peter Jackson’s films, but he passed because he didn’t think his fellow New Zealand…

Russell Crowe missed out on a big payday when he turned down a major role in The Lord of the Rings movies.

The Gladiator star was offered the part of Aragorn in director Peter Jackson’s films, but he passed because he didn’t think his fellow New Zealander really wanted him on set.

“I didn’t think Peter Jackson actually wanted me on the film,” he told radio host Howard Stern. “I think he was forced into talking to me, because there was a moment in time where everybody wanted me in every (movie).

“I can (still) hear his voice… and my instinct was that he had somebody else in mind, which turned out to be Viggo (Mortensen). And he should be allowed to hire whoever he wants.”

Crowe went on to reveal he turned down a big salary as he was offered 10 per cent of the gross profits on the three Lord of the Rings films, which Stern estimated would have pocketed him $100 million (£79 million).

But he is adamant he isn’t too bothered about having so much money.

“Never thought about it,” the 55-year-old reflected, before joking: “It’s only situations like interviews where people are polite and kind enough to add s**t up for me.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Crowe shared that he would be open to reprising two characters; Bud White from 1997’s L.A. Confidential and Jackson Healy from 2016’s The Nice Guys.

Yet, he isn’t big on franchise films, with the string of possible sequels the reason why he didn’t pursue the part of Wolverine in the X-Men movies, with the part going to Hugh Jackman.

“There’s no way I would’ve ever done that, even if I’d done the film. I wouldn’t have carried it through with the grace and the direction that Hugh gave it,” he smiled.

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Sean Astin wanted to direct Fantastic Four movie starring Christina Aguilera

Sean Astin once hoped to direct a Fantastic Four movie starring Christina Aguilera.The actor shared the story during a recent appearance at the Amazing Comic-Con in Las Vegas, and revealed that he took his idea to bosses at 20th Century Fox after finis…

Sean Astin once hoped to direct a Fantastic Four movie starring Christina Aguilera.

The actor shared the story during a recent appearance at the Amazing Comic-Con in Las Vegas, and revealed that he took his idea to bosses at 20th Century Fox after finishing The Lord of the Rings saga, in which he played Samwise Gamgee, in 2003.

Astin even tracked down a number of scripts that were developed by the studio over the years – including one from filmmaker Chris Columbus – and eventually lined up a meeting with Kevin Feige, who at the time was in charge of physical production at Marvel Studios.

“I was just starring in Lord of the Rings so there was a moment where you could just call people. And I said, ‘Listen, is there any way in the world that you’d consider me to direct Fantastic Four?’ And he was like, ‘Well, I don’t know.’ I said, ‘So are you saying there’s zero chance? Zero? No chance? 100 per cent not gonna do it?’ He says, ‘Well, I’m not gonna say zero per cent…'” he stated.

Astin then met with Tom Rothman, the head of 20th Century Fox at the time, and pitched his Fantastic Four idea – with Aguilera as superhero Sue Storm.

“I remember I was trying to meet with Christina Aguilera, I thought she’d be great as Sue Storm. It was an amazing time, it was an insane time,” the 48-year-old commented, before recalling the less-than-enthusiastic response he received from the studio boss.

“(Rothman) looks at me and he’s like, ‘What are you doing here?’ I said, ‘I want to direct this movie.’ He goes, ‘Alright, well, this meeting is premature. We’ve ordered another script. It’s due in three weeks from now. And he said, ‘And I’ll let you read it.'”

Astin even approached Michael Chiklis and encouraged The Shield star to go for the part of the Thing, and later tried to convince Cameron Diaz to play Sue Storm.

“(Diaz) was like, ‘Wait, how long do I have to be in the make-up?’ And I was like, ‘Well, maybe a while.’ She said, ‘Yeah, I don’t want to do that,'” he added.

Sadly for The Lord of the Rings star, his beloved Fantastic Four project didn’t pan out, as Fox enlisted the filmmaking services of Tim Story, who directed the 2005 feature, starring Jessica Alba as Sue Storm, Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, Chris Evans as The Human Torch, and Chiklis as the Thing.

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Tolkien director thrilled to land Nicholas Hoult as his lead

No one could have played Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien better than Nicholas Hoult, according to a new biopic’s director. Dome Karukoski admits he was very impressed with the way the young Brit researched the role and portrayed the writer and…

No one could have played Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien better than Nicholas Hoult, according to a new biopic’s director.

Dome Karukoski admits he was very impressed with the way the young Brit researched the role and portrayed the writer and feels blessed that he had the chance to work with Hoult.

“The first thing that intrigued me with Nicholas is his intelligence,” the filmmaker tells WENN. “He’s very smart, which you need to be to play a genius like Tolkien. The second thing is that he’s very playful, also a quality of Tolkien, who was known to dress up as a knight and go out to scare people in Oxford!

“Nick fully embodied that. He spent months preparing, even practising how to illustrate as Tolkien did while sitting in the makeup chair for X-Men.

“Finally, Nick is an actor willing to do take after take, going for something different each time. He never stops looking for what’s best for the scene.”

And Dome also feels he lucked out when he cast Harry Gilby as the teenage Tolkien: “When I first saw Harry, I was struck by the fact that he’s almost as tall as Nick and he looks, and even walks, like Nick.

“He also had this sense of pure innocence that I felt captured something about Tolkien as a younger boy. I felt he brought out that playful, childlike quality that Tolkien always kept alive inside himself.”

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Nicholas Hoult took up painting for Tolkien biopic

Actor Nicholas Hoult prepared for his role as beloved author J.R.R. Tolkien by working on watercolour paintings in between filming for the upcoming X-Men movie. The Brit thought it would be useful to tap into the mindset of The Lord of the Rings creat…

Actor Nicholas Hoult prepared for his role as beloved author J.R.R. Tolkien by working on watercolour paintings in between filming for the upcoming X-Men movie.

The Brit thought it would be useful to tap into the mindset of The Lord of the Rings creator by taking up a hobby similar to one Tolkien had had, so he decided to work on his art during his downtime on Dark Phoenix, in which he reprises his role as Hank McCoy and his mutant alter ego Beast.

“He (Tolkien) did his own illustrations, so I would do watercolours copying his illustrations,” Hoult explained on U.S. morning show Live with Kelly & Ryan.

“We were filming the upcoming X-Men film just before this, so I would be in the full Beast make-up, running around, doing this quite intense action sequence, and then I would go into my little tent…, and do my watercolours in between, and that was my peaceful moment before going back out there and (doing more stunts).”

However, Hoult admits he is “not really” any good as a painter, and instead used the hobby more as a research tool: “I just like trying to get into the mindset (of a painter),” he said.

The actor was drawn to biographical drama Tolkien because he was already a fan of the writer’s work, but learning all about the orphaned author’s personal history and how he came to create his fantasy worlds was really eye-opening for Hoult.

“It was something that I knew very little about, and it’s remarkable because I was a fan of his work,” he shared, “but then read the story behind the stories, and I was blown away by this young orphan finding love and friendship and fellowship, and then experiencing World War One and this creative imagination, all spawned from his love of language, so it was incredible.”

And one of the first things Hoult discovered was his mispronunciation of Tolkien’s last name.

“I was saying, ‘Tol-kin,’ and then I read the script and watched all these documentaries and read about him, and I was like, ‘Oh, it’s pronounced ‘Tol-keen,’ so that was a big learning curve,” the star confessed. “When you’re playing someone you really need to know how to pronounce their name! It’s helpful!”

Tolkien, which co-stars Lily Collins as the writer’s partner Edith Bratt, opens in theatres this month (May19).

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Liv Tyler stuns in old school pin-up style lingerie shoot

Actress Liv Tyler is showing off her stunning curves in a sexy 1920s-inspired photo shoot for lingerie brand Triumph. The Lord of the Rings beauty has collaborated with the intimates label on a new capsule collection and now she is showing off the fig…

Actress Liv Tyler is showing off her stunning curves in a sexy 1920s-inspired photo shoot for lingerie brand Triumph.

The Lord of the Rings beauty has collaborated with the intimates label on a new capsule collection and now she is showing off the figure-hugging pieces in a series of new images.

“In one photo, the star can be seen posing in red lace items with matching lipstick and heels as she reclines on a blue couch. The cabaret style photos also show the 41 year old in a print corset and stockings in front of a curtain, as well as a snap of her in a matching purple bra and panties with her dark locks styled similarly to an old school film vixen.

Tyler previously appeared in the U.K.-based brand’s autumn/winter campaign last year (17) and expressed her excitement in a statement at the time.

“I am so honoured to be working with Triumph, a brand I have known and admired for so many years,” she said. “It has such history. The Triumph Essence collection is really special and has both a playful, feminine and chic style, which I love.

The partnership came about as Liv tried to get back into shape after giving birth to her third child, Lula, in 2016. In an interview with People magazine, her trainer Russell Bateman revealed she was dedicated to inspiring others with her devotion to a healthy lifestyle.

“She has so many things to try and juggle but she really is an example for modern day women and female empowerment,” he told the publication at the time. “Liv, like a lot of the girls I train, is just trying to become her most optimal self. Good sleep, rest and de-stressing all contribute to optimal shape and mood.”

“She’s very balletic, and this is coupled with a strong work ethic, which makes her a pleasure to train,” he added. “Anything that I say is going to be tough she treats as a challenge, and kills it.”

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Quentin Tarantino almost replaced Peter Jackson as The Lord of the Rings director

Quentin Tarantino was nearly hired by Harvey Weinstein to replace Peter Jackson as the director of The Lord of the Rings. The New Zealand filmmaker initially developed the project with Weinstein’s Miramax firm – but they had heated disagreements over …

Quentin Tarantino was nearly hired by Harvey Weinstein to replace Peter Jackson as the director of The Lord of the Rings.

The New Zealand filmmaker initially developed the project with Weinstein’s Miramax firm – but they had heated disagreements over how to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel, as the movie mogul wanted the book condensed into a two-hour movie.

Weinstein accused Jackson of wasting $12 million (£8.8 million) by developing a two film script, according to British writer Ian Nathan – the author of a new book, Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson & The Making of Middle-Earth.

In an extract seen by editors at the Stuff.co.nz website, Ken Kamins, a producer working for Weinstein, revealed he made arrangements for Tarantino to take over, telling the writer: “Harvey was like, ‘You’re either doing this or you’re not. You’re out.’ And I got Quentin ready to direct it.”

In 1998, Jackson received a memo from Miramax executives telling him how to cram the book’s vast array of characters and complex plot into one film – but told Nathan that he decided to walk away rather than compromise on his vision.

“It was literally guaranteed to disappoint every single person that has read that book,” the 56-year-old explained, recalling that he explained that he no longer wanted to deal with Weinstein’s “c**p” and quit saying,”Tell Harvey to go ahead and make his film and good luck.”

According to the writer, Kamins eventually persuaded his boss not to push ahead with his own version, and to allow Jackson to sell his plans for the movie elsewhere.The filmmaker eventually teamed up with bosses at New Line Cinema to turn Tolkien’s novel into a screen trilogy that won 17 Academy Awards and earned $2.9 billion (£2.1 billion) at the box office.

Last December (17), the director admitted that he had avoided casting the actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in the films due to negative advice from Miramax executives. Both actresses are among dozens who have accused Weinstein of assault, and Judd is now suing the disgraced mogul for allegedly derailing her career.

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