LOS ANGELES — It's only natural to be a little suspicious when Sean Bean talks about starring in the new TV series "Legends." He did make one of the quickest exits by a major actor on the first season of "Game of Thrones." It wasn't his fault. He just lost his head.
Bean plans to be on "Legends" for a while. He plays an undercover agent who must split his time between working for the FBI's Deep Cover Operations division and learning the truth about his own life. The series is based on the novel by Robert Littell. Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut, Tina Majorino and Steve Harris also star.
Here is what Beans tells TV critics about the new show:
Question: What attracted you to this role?
Answer: I think one of the attractions was playing multiple characters, which I have never done before. What a great cast. People around me who are wonderful actors, very supportive, and the story lines were fascinating.
I just thought it was interesting to follow these characters that went undercover and to kind of see what consequences were psychologically by doing that, having to totally believe that you were someone else, imagine yourself in another character and still try and lead a normal life with a wife and child.
Your character has to do a lot of acting being undercover. Are your methods similar to his?
I try and kind of keep it very close to me, the character. I'm not someone who will kind of live that life in real life. But then it is sometimes hard to switch off. The more intense the production is, the more you're involved, then there is a residue that you take home with you, and that can be tricky sometimes because you have to shake it off to live with your family.
How interesting is it to play a strong character who has to pretend to be inept when undercover such as in the first episode?
People think he's a bit goofy, a bit slow. They don't take too much notice of him. The character he plays is quite clever because by playing goofy and playing a bit dumb, he's actually getting right to the core of this organization. He's ripping it apart.
So there is a purpose behind acting that way. It's up to you to actually say things like 'wear my hair like this, have my shirt to one side.' Kind of little things that make up a character. It's kind of little things that make up a character that's credible, and I had a lot of fun.
Then I went into another character who was totally different, very smooth, suave, sophisticated man, kind of steely character, and I was totally different. I thoroughly enjoyed that because I drove big, nice cars and wore Gucci costumes and went with a lot of women.
How strange is it people are still talking about your death in "Game of Thrones"?
Quite bizarre. I've died quite a few times, actually, and I've died a lot of different deaths. Maybe it's the quality of my death they're fascinated by. I'm still here anyway.
Do you have a favorite death scene?
I liked "Lord of the Rings," that death. I was quite happy. Big death.
"Legends": 9 p.m. Wednesdays on TNT