The warning I give you is that this an MTV interview. Expect weird sound effects. The rest is common sense – Sean Bean read the books, loved it, saw the team who’d been working on the TV project and wanted to work with them. He finds himself drawn to the medieval style roles but welcomes the chance to play a good man for a change.
Don’t take my words for it; watch the video yourself and let us know what you make of it.
I think he seems quite pleased to be Ned Stark. In fact, I find his confidence in the role quite soothing. It helps me believe that the book to TV process has been successful.
Update: Video switched the original was deleted.