Sean Bean on 'Game of Thrones,' Emmys and losing his head [video]
Sean Bean just suffered a gruesome death in "Game of Thrones" when his character, Lord "Ned" Stark, got his head chopped off at the end of the much-ballyhooed first season. But that doesn't mean he can't tap his brain for reflection on starring in the hit cult TV series that is HBO's fascinating entry in the Emmy race.
Emmys voters tend to like slick, classy, traditional drama series like "Mad Men" and "The West Wing." "Game of Thrones" is dark, gritty and maybe even too young-skewing for those codgers in the TV academy. Admittedly, it looks a lot like the "Lord of the Rings" feature films, offering tales of a fantastic ancient kingdom based upon bestselling books. The "Lord of the Rings" flicks didn't look like serious Oscar contenders at first, but they ended up sweeping those kudos. Maybe "Thrones" can do the same at the equivalent TV awards? Bean has some perspective on both — he starred in the "Lord of the Rings" films as well.
"'Game of Thrones' is a fantasy set in a timeless land with these very peculiar people, but it isn't magical," Bean notes in our webcam chat. "It's different from 'Lord of the Rings' in that respect. It's 'Lord of the Rings' for adults."
-- Tom O'Neil