March 07, 2005


Ok, I should have known better. I saw Sean Astin's "There and Back Again" on the new books rack at the library. It looked kinda short, and I thought, ok, maybe there's an off chance I'll find out something interesting about the making of "Lord of the Rings" that I didn't already get from the DVD extras.

Nope. Really, the book spends a lot of time on Sean talking about his early movie career (lots of mentions of "The Goonies" and "Rudy"), his approach to his career, his famous mom and dad, etc. It would be interesting to read if I had an inherent interest in the actor who played Samwise Gamgee, but I really don't. I just want to see a set of stories about LOTR that's different from what I'm already familiar with.

About the only thing of note in the book that I didn't already know (but could've easily looked up) is that the actor who played Bilbo (Ian Holm) was also the same guy who played the crazy android in "Alien". Huh. Ok, could've found that in IMDB, but oh well. There's several hours of my life that I'm not getting back.

Maybe it's because I recently finished Phil Hellmuth's book, but I found that the two had similar tones. Irritating whiners who recognize that aspect of their personality, but then they go on to whine about things anyway. I'm sure Astin's a likeable guy, and I envy him his experiences, but you should only read this book if you're a big Sean Astin fan, not just if you're a big LOTR fan.

Posted by Observer at March 7, 2005 03:27 PM

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I had the hots for his mom when I saw reruns of the Patty Duke show back in college. Man what a babe.

Meet Cathy, who's lived most everywhere,
From Zanzibar to Barclay Square.
But Patty's only seen the sight.
A girl can see from Brooklyn Heights ...
What a crazy pair!

But they're cousins,
Identical cousins all the way.
One pair of matching bookends,
Different as night and day.

Where Cathy adores a minuet,
The Ballet Russes, and crepe suzette,
Our Patty loves to rock and roll,
A hot dog makes her lose control ...
What a wild duet!

Still, they're cousins,
Identical cousins and you'll find,
They laugh alike, they walk alike,
At times they even talk alike ...

You can lose your mind,
When cousins are two of a kind.

Posted by: Humbaba on March 7, 2005 04:47 PM

In the LOTR commentaries I sometimes want to tell Sean to shut up and let someone else talk. He does tend to ramble, and he does get on his soapbox sometimes. I love how he played Samwise, but I'm not too interested in knowing more about him. Thanks for the heads up on how not to spend my upcoming spring break. :-D

Posted by: Perkusi on March 8, 2005 09:49 PM