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Bean Shows Nice Side in ‘Rings’

January 3, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) _ British actor Sean Bean is known to American audiences for the villains he’s played, so he says it’s nice to be able to show his sympathetic side in ``The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.″

Bean plays the regally flawed human Boromir in the Peter Jackson-directed film, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy.

``Over here I’m sort of seen as the villain really,″ he told reporters recently. ``This film has given (me an) opportunity to move away to more sympathetic roles.″

He added, ``I’ve really thoroughly enjoyed playing in `Patriot Games,′ `GoldenEye’ and `Don’t Say a Word.′ They’re very rewarding. But it’s nice to let (people) see the other side of you.″

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