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Sean Bean acknowledges that 'one does not simply' meme is his legacy

'For some reason the parts I play have a life online long afterwards'

Christopher Hooton
Thursday 05 November 2015 12:47 GMT

Yes, Sean Bean was Ned Stark in Game of Thrones and Boromir in The Lord of the Rings, but it’s that meme that will outlast him, and he knows it.

“For some reason, the parts I play, like Boromir or Ned Stark, have a life online long afterwards,” he told the Radio Times.

"I keep seeing, what do you call them – memes? 'One does not simply ask for a drink' instead of 'One does not simply walk into Mordor' – that sort of thing."

"They'll probably be my unintended legacy.”

The meme is one of the most popular going, propagated by handy generators.

During the interview, he also discussed his tendency to end up playing characters who die.

"I have died quite a few times to be fair," he said, adding that he'd seen the compilation video of all of his onscreen deaths.

"I've seen that reel of clips – it sounds a bit macabre, but I watched that back, and I'd forgotten some of the scenes I'd died in.”

Ned Stark will actually be returning in Game of Thrones, but through flashback using a child actor.

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