Sean Bean has said he believes many men should now “feel like apologists for their sexuality and their masculinity” as he discusses his latest acting project.
The 63-year-old popular Yorkshireman starred in The Lord Of The Rings, Game Of Thrones, Bond film GoldenEye and spent a 15-year stint as Bernard Cornwall’s popular Waterloo-era army major in Sharpe.
He won his third Bafta earlier this year for his role in Jimmy McGovern drama Time with Stephen Graham.
Ahead of the launch of his latest project, BBC drama Marriage, Bean spoke in a new interview about how he thinks attitudes towards men have changed in the post #MeToo movement world.
Bean, when asked, said he found it harder to be a man now.
He told The Times: ‘Certain aspects of a man’s character are now frowned upon as discriminatory or rude. But I think you have to be careful not to lose sight of what a man is.
“Look at the ancient heroes in mythology, history – there is a great respect for a man’s adventures and his strengths.”
The actor went on to explain his point of view, continuing: “A lot of men these days are made to apologize for their sexuality and their masculinity. And I think men should cherish and celebrate that just as women celebrate their femininity.’
Bean, who has been married five times and married his current wife Ashley Moore in 2017, also shared his views on the use of intimacy coordinators in film and television productions.
Reflecting on how his experience portraying Mellors in the BBC’s racy 1993 adaptation of Lady Chatterley would have been different if intimacy coordinators had been used at the time, he said he felt it “would spoil the spontaneity.” ‘ and would ‘brake’ him to ‘brighten things up’.
“Someone who says, ‘Do this, put your hand over there, touching his thing?’
“I think the natural way in which lovers behave would be ruined by someone taking it to a technical exercise,” he added.
In the upcoming drama Marriage, written by Bafta-winning Stefan Golaszewski, Bean portrays Ian, starring Nicola Walker as his on-screen wife Emma.
The four-part series, which begins on BBC One on August 14, follows the couple as they navigate the anxieties, comforts and frustrations of their 30-year marriage.
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