Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Comedy's a Lot More Fun Than Killing People ; MARION MCMULLEN Finds out Why Sean Bean Is Playing It for Laughs Dressed in Medieval Garb for a New Comedy Series

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Comedy's a Lot More Fun Than Killing People ; MARION MCMULLEN Finds out Why Sean Bean Is Playing It for Laughs Dressed in Medieval Garb for a New Comedy Series

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You'll be on our screens shortly in new comedy Wasted. Explain a little bit about who you play? I THINK I'm a cross between the characters I play in Lord Of The Rings and Game Of Thrones. I guess I'm a dream of the lead character Morpheus (played by Danny Kirrane), his hero, his spiritual guide, and I'm just trying to help him navigate through life and relationships. I keep appearing to him in the woods and in different places, and giving him advice.

You're much more known for your dramatic work. Was it quite refreshing to be doing a comedy? Did it feel very different? YEAH, it did feel different. It's a lot more fun than killing people or getting killed. That can get a bit grim sometimes. It was good to get to do a bit of comedy. I had to play it straight, though. If you go looking for laughs, it's not going to work. So, the scenes with Danny, I just played very straight. That's why we started giggling now and again, because we were taking ourselves very seriously.

The story is about four young adults getting wasted and not doing very much. Did you ever have a time in your life like that? I THINK I probably did go through a period like that. I think that's partly why I was laughing my head off watching it the other night. I can identify with it. I think everybody can identify with times where they don't know where they're going, or where their life's heading.

It's all part of the process of growing up and finding out who you are and what you want to do in life. They're quite shaky times, but very funny ones.

What are the other characters like in the show? THEY are all good people, but they're almost playing a part. I think we all do that when we're young, until we find out what we really are. In my case, I'm still playing parts! I've not grown up in that sense.

What did you make of the idea when you first heard about it? I DIDN'T know what to think. My agent told me about it, and she said 'You'd better read it, because I can't really explain it! It's bizarre!' And I was interested, and bemused.

The idea of playing myself, a character called Sean Bean - although I'm not playing myself, I'm playing a character I've played before. It's really odd. …

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