“Game of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings” star Sean Bean is a big fan of “Braveheart” and, more than that, he sees a noble heart in Mel Gibson, that award-winning film’s troubled star and director.
“People say this and that, but Mel Gibson is a good man. He’s always been a good man,” the 51-year-old British actor said during a recent visit to Los Angeles. “He’s had longevity and he’s had this and he’s had that. He’s prepared to put his money where his mouth is and he’s come out with these wonderful things. Even the people that didn’t like him had to say, ‘That’s brilliant.’”
Bean has a flair for playing hard-edged men — in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which premieres April 18, he plays Eddard Stark, a lord who has dark forces conspiring against him in the medieval fantasy setting — and his real life has rough edges of its own. Married and divorced four times, Bean has come to the attention of police and the tabloid press during especially heated moments in his relationships.
Bean said Gibson’s achievements with 1995’s “Braveheart,” which won the Oscar for best picture and director, and the wildly lucrative 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ” show him to be an actor and filmmaker for the ages. “With ‘Passion,’ to do something that powerful where all the churches, all the denominations in the world, and they all have say, ‘That’s pretty good, Mel.’ That’s amazing to think about. They don’t like him over here much these days, I know, but I say he’s a good man.”
— Geoff Boucher
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