Posted by Bat on October 29, 2012

Last Thursday, HCFís editor-in-chief, Bat, met with accomplished Sheffield-born actor Sean Bean in a roundtable interview in London to promote his new movie, SILENT HILL: REVELATION.
With the film due out on Wednesday 31st October 2012, he was eager to discuss all things spooky in Silent HillÖ

Itís taken quite a while for a sequel to be made of Silent Hill. Did you think it might not happen and what did you like about the script when you read it?

I didnít know it was going to happen. There was talk about it for a few years Ďcos it was about 8 years since the first one, then there was talk a few years ago and then finally it came and it was for real. I read the script and I liked it. I liked the first one and I liked the premise of it, the disturbing, surreal quality, and I enjoyed playing that character. I thought ďwhy not play him a few years onĒ with his daughter, a teenager now. Things have changed since the first film and I wondered whatís ahead. Itís kind of like the next building brick for the game and the game is really parallel along with that. Obviously, itís very popular and itís earned a massive following, so I was really pleased to be asked to be a part of it again.

Before the films, were you familiar with the Silent Hill games themselves?

I wasnít really, no. When I did the first Silent Hill, my kids showed me some of it a few years ago and I thought, ďWow, this is quite amazingĒ. I can understand why thereís such a following. The director, Michael J. Bassett, he is a big fan and heís familiar with all the games and he really squeezed every ounce of horror, emotion, suspense and fear out of what he had from the game. It was good to have someone on board who was a fan and who was also the director.

I know the games are quite terrifyingÖ

Yeah, itís that kind of suspense and tension. This makes you jump and shocks you often.

I thought the first film was spot on with the feel of the gamesÖ

I think this one is even better now because of the technology like the CGI and special effects and itís in 3D which is perfect for Silent Hill.

In Silent Hill: Revelation, how has your character grown since the first film and has he come to terms with what lies within Silent Hill?

I think heís come to terms with it. Yeah, heís firmly aware of the dangers, the dread and the fear of Silent Hill and I suppose thatís why heís keeping his daughter as close to him as he can. Heís trying to raise her in a relatively normal way as if she was a normal teenager but with difficulty as sheís breaking out, breaking free and she also feels the attraction. He senses that but he doesnít realise just how obsessed she is by it until sometime later, which itís extremely worrying. Just when you think itís gone away, it comes back and thatís quite scary, you know.

Whatís your favourite scene from the film?

I like the scene with the Silent nurses. Itís in a laboratory, an operating theatre, and they just move. Anytime they hear anything, they go towards her and stop. Thatís really quite scary. Sheís trying to get away and every time they hear her moving towards them sheís gotta stop and then they move back round and stop moving. I donít like the thought of that.

In the first Silent Hill film, your character was very much in the happier side of Silent Hill so was the experience very different to come back for Silent Hill: Revelation?

Yeah. Because sheíd been through it all in Silent Hill 1, I suppose you start off with Silent Hill 2 that heís had that experience and heís already quite damaged by it, I think. Heís aware there is a danger and heís got a young daughter to look after, so thereís not that comfort that he had in the first where everything was going along quite nicely. Now he starts off in this sort of elevated state of apprehension and things just escalate. He becomes more drawn into it and sees more of Silent Hill than he did previously. This time he goes in there and sees what itís all about

Are you a particular fan of horror films and have you any particular favourites?

Yeah, I quite like horror films. I used to like all the Edgar Allan Poe and a lot of his stuff with Vincent Price in, like the House of Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher). Thereís quite a few of those he did. I used to like all the Frankenstein and Dracula films with Christopher Lee, and Hunchback of Notre Dame and werewolves. I also like SAW, the first one, and Amityville. Stuff like that.

Compared to the classics, how do you feel about the 3D aspect of movies?

I think itís good for something like this (Silent Hill: Revelation) and for Avatar. For this, it was great. It was really perfect for Silent Hill. I donít like watching any film in 3D. I wouldnít want to watch Coronation Street in 3D [laughs]. I think itís for specific occasions and I think it should be used sparingly. Thatís my view. Iíd only watch it if it was relevant and enhanced the subject matter. I wouldnít like to see things jumping out all the time for no reason.

The filmís been called, in numerous places, either horror, thriller or psychological. Which do you think is the most important factor?

Itís more psychological, I think. Thereís a lot of things that are in there that are fearful and theyíre kind of phobias, a lot of things that people are scared of and they donít know why they are scared of them. Itís not pretty clear cut what the horror is, you know, itís a bit more subtle than that. I think you canít quite pin it down and think , ďwhy is that disturbing me?Ē and ďwhy is that not nice?Ē. Itís clever.

Is that something that particularly interested you about the film, as your tastes seem quite gothic?

Yeah, thereís a bit more to it. Itís not about people being chopped up for the sake of it. Thereís a family unit in the midst of all this, who are trying to deal with whatís around them: the fear and the evil. So I think we care about these people. As I said, itís not just a horror slasher for me, itís more pyschological and much more bizarre and macabre.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of James Bond. How much does being part of that franchise mean to you and what do you think of the franchise nowadays?

Itís great, I think they really pulled this around from a few years ago. Pierce Brosnan was responsible for that, by creating a new Bond. Barbara Broccoli was great with us. Especially now with Daniel Craig whoís proved to be an excellent Bond. He was up against it in the beginning, people putting him down and criticising him before heíd even started. Heís turned it round and proved heís a really good Bond and shown them. I think itís gone from strength to strength recently. To be able to keep that going for such a long time is quite an achievement. Itís still so popular now. Even more popular than it was then.

Do you look back on GoldenEye fondly?

Yeah, itís the first one that Pierce did and the first one I did. When you play a Bond villain, thereís a fair amount of expectation, I suppose, when youíre in that position. I look very fondly at it. I remember it, we had great times. Itís moved on like, now, but it still holds up.

Your characters more often than not meet a grisly end. How do you feel about that?

Iíve stayed alive in more recent films, I suppose. There was one point where I was dying in everything, thatís the problem being a bad guy, I had to die at the end, so itís quite refreshing to play someone who stays alive. Itís all good stuff though. Thatís just what you get when playing a bad guy, you usually have to die at the end. I canít complain, Ďcos some of those roles, like Patriot Games and GoldenEye, were great opportunities for me and they are great parts to play.

Do you enjoy playing villains?

Yeah, I do. As I said, there was a point were I was playing villains a lot and I had to change it round Ďcos I wasnít doing anything else. Itís nice to be in a position where I can pick and choose though.

Thank you for your time

Weíd like to thank Sean Bean and Lionsgate for the interview.

SILENT HILL: REVELATION opens in UK cinemas nationwide from Wednesday 31st October 2012
Source of this article : HCF