There and Back Again by Sean Astin
An Actor's Tale

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When Sean Astin, veteran Hollywood actor of over 30 movies including The Goonies, and Rudy, landed the part of Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings, he knew it was going to be different to anything he'd ever worked on before. Here he shares his heartfelt opinions on his early movies, how he got the part of Sam at that point in his career, and what it was like to be on set for nearly two years of his life. How did he and the other cast members get along? What were the excitements and the dangers they faced during filming? What happened the evening that Elijah Wood lost the keys to his room? How did Sir Ian McKellen cope when he didn't like the music the hobbits listened to during make-up and what happened when the crew considered striking?

Revealing and immensely readable, There and Back Again is the behind-the-scenes look at what it was like to be involved in the making of one of the biggest movie franchises of all time.


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Dave Mustaine, widely regarded as the "founding father" of Thrash Metal, almost singlehandedly created the enduring multiplatinum style that launched both Megadeth and Metallica into the public's consciousness. From 1985's "Killing Is My Business . . . and Business Is Good" to the most recent "Endgame", with more than twelve album releases with Megadeth, Mustaine has left a legacy of music that has been described as everything from "poignant" to "insightful" to "angry" to "ironic." Megadeth earned eight Grammy nominations and six platinum certifications. Mustaine lives in San Diego County, California. SEAN ASTIN has appeared in over thiry films including "The Goonies, Bulworth, Toy Soldiers, Courage Under Fire, 50 First Dates "and the title role in "Rudy". He starred as the hobbit Samwise Gamgee in the "Lord of the Rings "film trilogy and was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film "Kangaroo Court". He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Published August 31, 2011 by Virgin Digital. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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After wowing critics in Rudy , Astin landed the choice role of Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings , and he recalls making the blockbuster film with intensity and color.

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USA Today

Fans will either cheer or jeer at Astin's behind-the-scenes account of the making of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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He says of Christopher Lee’s excising from the final film that “sometimes brutal decisions have to made” yet wails about the chopping of his scenes in the same film, going so far as to announce to both his wife and Wood: “They’ve ruined it!” And, in one of the book’s more piteous moments, Astin r...

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Monsters and Critics

The book is at his best whenever Astin attempts a verbal sketch of one of the many interesting people he’s met during his life, a list that includes Steven Spielberg as well as his own parents, veteran actors John and Patty Duke Astin.

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