This post is dedicated to my sister, who is of the firm opinion that Sean Bean has commitment issues. I'm inclined to believe her, lets look at the evidence.
I will preface this that I have not seen everything Sean Bean has been in, but of those I have watched, this man just doesn't make it to the end credits alive. The only conclusion is that he has: a) commitment issues or 2) an insane fear of sequels (and quite frankly, with some of the absolute monkey feces coming out of Hollywood these says, so do I.)
Let's look at a sampling:
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring-dies
Game of Thrones-dies
Oblivion (video game-voice) dies!
I'm pretty sure he dies in Ronin as well...
Oh and he'll be starring in "Black Death." This doesn't look good...
The above film shows Sean Bean dying 21 times. Warning, it gets graphic.
Seriously, is his first question when offered a big budget role "will I be able to die?" Perhaps since Tinseltown has run out of original ideas they can remake "Deathwish" and cast Sean Bean. It wouldn't be type casting, since he'd survive to the end credits. But that would disprove this theory.
In all seriousness, I <3 Sean Bean. Who else do you know would climb a mountain rather than take a helicopter to the set. Or gets stabbed in a bar fight while defending a lady's honor, sits down, and keeps drinking?