It’s easy to kill a character, and it’s just as simple to portray someone dying. But to give someone a redemptive and, as he described it to EW, heroic death is something that truly needs to be earned. So obviously, the challenge for an actor like Sean Bean is to play the weakness for power that Boromir has as effectively as the realization that he must atone for his actions. If he went too much in the direction of a sneering baddie, those final moments wouldn’t have been as emotional. However, if he wasn’t hard enough in his conflict, it becomes a predictable shortcut to an emotional reaction. But with the mix of firm humanity that Bean provided in his performance, it made the final moment seen below all the more iconic. You can watch it for yourself below.