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Sean Astin's "There and Back Again"

Arwen_Undomiel
Lorien


Sep 26 2009, 1:11am

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For one- someone please tell me if this is the wrong place to post this. Kinda foggy on if this section is only for books by Tolkien, or Tolkien-related books- anyways- to the post!

Just finished reading Sean Astin's "There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale"
which was, to say the least interesting. This is a very personal account of not only what was going on during the production of the Lord of the Rings, but a small portion of what was going on before that. One thing is that the poor guy is very insecure and is envious of most people- I say this with the most respect possible; I respect him very much as an actor- the thing is, I think his fans respect him more than he does himself. Anyways, this book is worth reading, though I'll say it plain, and simple: Astin spends about 15% of the time wallowing in self-pity. Again, this is written with respect- I love the acting he does.

So, has anyone else read the book? What'd you think?

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Arwen


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FarFromHome
Valinor


Sep 26 2009, 7:46pm

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might be the best place for this. The Reading Room is mostly for Tolkien's own work, and any other books that come up would normally be about Tolkien's work, not the movies. Maybe you could ask the Admins to move it over? I think you would find other people who have read the book over on that board.

I read Sean Astin's book a few years ago, and I agree with you that it gave some interesting perspectives on filming LotR - and about the whole movie business, as well, from an actor's point of view. I certainly got an impression of the differences between the business-oriented style of Hollywood and the looser style of Wellywood, which Sean obviously found it hard to adapt to.

I also agree with you that he comes over as insecure and self-pitying at times. I get the impression that he was just trying to get across what it was really like, instead of glossing over the difficulties as is so often done in books of this kind. He chose to show the downside of celebrity, and reveal his own weaknesses, which very few celebs are willing to do. Maybe the guy was a bit too honest for his own good!

They went in, and Sam shut the door.
But even as he did so, he heard suddenly,
deep and unstilled, the sigh and murmur of the Sea
upon the shores of Middle-earth.
From the unpublished Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings



Ataahua
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Sep 26 2009, 7:58pm

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I haven't read the book but Astin comes across to me as somewhat fragile and debilitatingly earnest, but a good guy with it. I wonder if he has ever regretted being so open in his book?

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Arwen_Undomiel
Lorien


Sep 27 2009, 3:40am

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he is too honest for his own good! I respect him for doing that anyway, though. Also, Ataahua- you're basically right about him, I think.

Hmm.... anyways, I have to go. Movie night!

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Arwen


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ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Sep 27 2009, 8:03am

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I haven't read his book, but I've read some of his mother's writing (Anna Astin aka Patty Duke). Her condition during her pregnancy with him and during his young years, before she was properly diagnosed and treated, surely affected his perception of himself.

standard disclaimer: Though I'm a psychologist, I can't speak professionally about someone I've never met. So my thoughts are worth 2 cents or less.

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Arwen_Undomiel
Lorien


Sep 27 2009, 5:00pm

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Glaurung63
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Sep 28 2009, 11:49pm

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I read it some years ago and liked it, he's led an interesting life and had his own insights into the film industry...


Arwen_Undomiel
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Sep 29 2009, 12:34am

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eldarion telcontar
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Sep 29 2009, 1:09am

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I read it about a year ago. He's a great actor, though I agree, he spent a lot of the time talking about how things were unfair, though I think it was cruel he got tricked into showing the Elvish tattoo on live TV. I did like the pictures.Smile


Arwen_Undomiel
Lorien


Sep 29 2009, 2:30am

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I want to kill that guy!


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grammaboodawg
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Sep 29 2009, 10:28am

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of being honest showed more of the frustration and challenges of the job... but he's a passionate person who believes in being honest. Most people would put a positive spin on nearly everything.

He said in the presentation he gave a few weeks ago that he had a writer who put this together for him that was essentially from several hours of taped conversations. That may also have an impact on the flow and concentration of the text. But I found it enlightening, comical, and at times intense. I really like his candor. Once you hear him speak in person, you can see he's spontaneous, passionate, intelligent, and understands the reality of situations.


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FarFromHome
Valinor


Oct 1 2009, 9:18pm

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what he's like in person. If I could choose to meet just one LotR actor, he's the one I'd pick!

They went in, and Sam shut the door.
But even as he did so, he heard suddenly,
deep and unstilled, the sigh and murmur of the Sea
upon the shores of Middle-earth.
From the unpublished Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings


 
 

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