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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