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Sean Bean is Twitter’s folk hero du jour

Sean Bean, pictured here in his role as Lord Eddard Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is Twitter’s hero of the day. (Nick Briggs/AP)

The story goes like this: The British actor — probably best known for his turn as Boromir in the first Lord of the Rings movie — was smoking outside a bar and chatting with model April Summers when a passerby made some inappropriate comments. Bean defended Summers. Later, he was attacked by the heckler and stabbed in the arm with a glass bottle fragment. Bean refused to go to the hospital, opting instead to stitch himself up with a first aid kit and order another drink.

The story, first reported by the Daily Mail, went viral as the actor was quickly compared to perennial Internet hero Chuck Norris.

Sean Bean is UK’s answer to Chuck Norris #seanbeanTue Jun 14 18:51:06 via webThe Lefty Wizard

"Sean is a regular here and we've never had any problems before. He was with a very attractive woman and an incident occurred outside the bar," one staff member told The Daily Mail. "He came in with a cut on his arm and a bruise on his eyebrow.”

Bean’s name was trending for hours on Tuesday, boosting his reputation among fans and introducing the actor to a wider audience.

Oh, and before the inevitable tweets get too far: Sean Bean is not dead. At least...not in real life.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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