With Silent Hill: Revelation 3D in cinemas 31st October, we catch up with the returning Sean Bean.
The star is back as Christopher Da Silva in the sequel to 2006’s Silent Hill, playing the father to young Sharon. With Radha Mitchell’s Rose Da Silva lost to the terrifying alternate reality, it’s left to Bean’s Harry Mason, as he is now known, to bring up his teenage daughter, the renamed Heather (Adelaide Clemens) who was sent back from the nightmarish other dimension and has no memory of the events from the first film.
We sadly haven’t had the chance to see the sequel from new writer and director Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane, Deathwatch), so it was up to a very smiley and friendly Bean to fill us in when we sat down for a quick chat in London last week. We talk about being directed by a big fan of the orginal hit game franchise, reuniting with his Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington in the sequel, and his work on the BBC drama Accused. Sadly, Bean confirmed to us that he did not return as Zeus in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which recently wrapped.
You had quite a small role in the first Silent Hill - why did you want to get involved in the film series in the first place?
I don’t remember really - it was a long time ago! I was called something different… Christopher Da Silva - they keep changing the names! I just thought it was a good subject, quite bizarre. Weird and warped and disturbing - that quite appealed to me, so I thought why not? It sounds interesting.
Is it fair to say you’re a more central character this time?
I think so yeah. As a father this time around, trying to bring his daughter Heather up as a wholesome child and teenager. Under the circumstances that’s kind of difficult, as she’s drawn to Silent Hill, the terrors and the attraction. He knows that and obviously doesn’t want the horrors of that time. He’s just a very wary father I suppose, trying to keep his head above water and raise his child. Which is when he discovers things in a room, really disturbing writing and diagrams, and he knows that something’s going on. They’re always moving on to somewhere else, they’re travellers and he always knows this pervasive fear and danger is somewhere around, and it proves to be the case. He’s more of an integral figure in that sense.
I believe you’re in peril this time, which is great for a female-centric franchise.
I believe so, towards the end, yeah! I don’t know if they’re going to do another one [laughs], There’s Alessa, as they’re like two people - they’ve got the power, those two.
New director Michael J. Bassett is a huge fan, so does that enthusiasm run off on you?
Yeah it does. It’s very exciting to be working with him, as he’s so well-read and knowledgeable about the subject, and he knew exactly what he wanted to do. It’s always great to be working with someone you feel in very safe hands. He was good fun, he’s from the UK, and he wasn’t too heavy about things. I think he just managed to squeeze every bit of horror and suspense out of the script and get it on film. Some of the images are pretty horrific!
Adelaide’s a relatively new talent - how was she to work with?
She’s lovely, really super. I think she’s fantastic, I saw her in Parade’s End, and she’s really classy.
Being reunited with Kit Harington is going to please a lot of Game of Thrones fans…
It’s totally different surroundings and situations, which was a bit odd. It’s a bit of a coincidence that we both ended up in this, as we’d only just finished working together.
What do fans approach you most about?
I suppose Sharpe, especially over here. And Lord of the Rings when I’m overseas.
Have you seen your internet meme regarding you being a ‘Walking Spoiler’?
[Laughs] I watched it a couple of years ago!
You’re very supportive of British film, is there any new talent out there you’d like to big up?
A director called Ashley Pearce - who is relatively young - who I did Accused with, and I think he was a really bright guy. There’s a lot of bright people out there, but there’s not really the demand, which is why so many people go to Los Angeles. It’s a shame, as there’s a real wealth of talent in terms of actors, technicians, everything, and everyone’s fighting for the same job.
Talking of Accused, your casting as a transvestite was a case of thinking outside the box - I guess you don’t get offered roles like that very often?
No [laughs]. At first I was shocked, but then I thought, wow, this sounds good. I’ve loved Jimmy McGovern’s stuff, and I just wanted to be involved in it. I didn’t expect it to be that! But once I got my head round it I loved it. It’s one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done.
Everyone’s talking about The Hobbit right now, do you get a sense of nostalgia at all?
Yeah, that’s a good way of describing it. It reminds me of being back there, wow, almost twelve years ago now. You wonder what it’s like there now, what the studio’s like. I see Orlando [Bloom] on occasions, and Viggo [Mortensen], I see Dominic [Monaghan] now and again.