Night out in drag a dress rehearsal for Bean
star Sean Bean has told how he ventured out in drag to prepare for his new role as a transvestite. The Lord of the Rings actor, 53, will appear on UK TV screens wearing a blonde wig and make-up in the legal drama Accused, penned by Jimmy McGovern. Asked how he prepared for the role, Bean tells Radio Times magazine: ‘‘By walking round in high heels in the kitchen at home . . . and one night I went out . . . arm-in-arm with my middle daughter.’’ He says of going out incognito, in full gear: ‘‘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-10 heels lying about my house. I forgot to give them back.’’ Bean says the role of schoolteacher Simon and his alter-ego Tracie was ‘‘the most demanding’’ he has ever played, ‘‘partly because of the full body wax’’.
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