In the 2010 film Black Death, Bean's character is tied to horses that run off in different directions, tearing him apart from limb to limb. A gruesome deathbut not one that required buckets of theatrical blood (much to Bean's relief). ''Sometimes it's sickly sweet, sticky. Especially you're in the middle of a desert, you're doing a fight scene, you're covered in this sticky red stuff,'' he says. ''I mean, acting's like that. It looks quite good. It glistens, and it's red, Viking red, and gooey. What can I say?''