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Sean Bean

Fear of flying


Bean develops fear of flying while filming the Lord of the Rings in New Zealand and on at least one shoot travels to the set by ski-lift rather than helicopter, hiking the last few miles in full costume. Another incident while filming:

I wasn’t very keen on flying, so me and [fellow actor] Orlando Bloom were driving from Wellington to Queensland. And there was a massive storm with mudslides so we got stuck and had to sort of shack up in this log cabin for a couple of days. It was quite pleasant actually, but the ironic thing is that the only way they could get us out was by helicopter. So after doing all that, I ended up in one. It was just terrible because it was swaying and just hearing the rotor blades go around makes me think, ‘Oh shit.’ Orlando was sitting next to me, and he was fine, but I was gripping his kneecap.