“I Went Out on the Town in High Heels” Sean Bean Talks ‘Accused’

August 14, 2012 by  
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Sean Bean is one of the most manly men you could ever wish to meet. When he’s not gallivanting about Middle-Earth or Westeros, he’s single-handedly taking on Napoleon’s armies in 19th century Europe.

But his latest role is one that couldn’t be more different. This evening he’ll be playing a transvestite in Jimmy McGovern’s Accused.

So how did he get in character for the role? He did what any actor worth his salt would do..

“I prepared by walking round in high heels in the kitchen at home and one night I went out,” he told the Radio Times. “In the full gear and arm-in-arm with my middle daughter. I wanted to find out what it felt like, whether I’d be able to pull it off and have the bottle to function in that situation.”

“I must have been pretty good – no pictures turned up in the press. Someone even complimented me on my shoes! I’ve still got four pairs of size ten heels lying about my house. I forgot to give them back…”

Bean stars in the first episode of Jimmy McGovern’s second series of Accused, an set of dramas which tell the story of a defendant and how they found themselves up in court.

“My agent called me up and asked if I’d ever thought about it (playing a transvestite),” he explained. “I laughed: ‘Not really. Why?’ But I’d always wanted to work with Jimmy McGovern and when I read the script there was no doubt. This is the most demanding role I’ve played partly because of the full body wax!”

Accused is on BBC1 at 9pm on Tuesday 14th August.

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Angela says:

I’ve seen Sean Bean in everything from Stormy Monday to Game of Thrones and everything in between. His turnabout, stellar performance as the transvestite Tracie in Accused was absolutely brilliant. Not a trace of
the macho swashbuckler to be found. He totaly captured the female “essence” of the character. Bravo to Sean – one of the greatest actors of his generation.

Edna says:

Sean’s performance in Accused was truly amazing, an absolute masterpiece of acting. I will remember it for a long time.

John says:

Knowing the type of roles that Sean Bean has played in the past, in the likes of, Patriot Games, Lord of the Rings and Sharp, his portrayal of the vulnerable insecure transvestite was a true masterpiece.

Simon Parry says:

Seriously, the best actor of all time. I’ve just watched the episode he was featured in, and it was fantastic. It’s brilliant that such a well-known and seasoned actor could still find time to work for BBC shows.

sharon glynn says:

I have always enjoyed watching Sean Bean and never felt the need to comment. However, in a former life I was a police officer and I spent 18 months on vice. I am watching the accused and I have to say .. well done Sean you have nailed it x