There and back again : an actor's tale

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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004.
First edition.
0312331460, 9780312331467
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308 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004.
First edition.
0312331460, 9780312331467


Behind the scenes on the Lord of the Rings. Praise for Sean Astin and his performance in Lord of the Rings trilogy: "Every night, Sean Astin is bringing people to tears with his performance it's so powerful."--Peter Jackson, Director, Lord of the Rings film trilogy. "Sean Astin comes into his own with this brave, questing performance. Astin is the soul of the movie. It's fitting that Sam is the last face we see in Return of the King. He is the film's anchor, and Astin plays him with a tenderness that is unique and unforgettable."-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. "The most touching figure-is Frodo's sidekick, Sam, who will literally follow Frodo into fire. Sam is played so well by Sean Astin, this affectingly loyal hobbit seems the most human figure on screen."-The New York Times. The fascinating memoir of a Hollywood life and an inside look at a life-changing role and the groundbreaking Lord of the Rings films that captured the imagination of movie fans everywhere. The Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful film franchises in cinematic history. Winner of a record eleven Academy Awards-a clean sweep-and breaking box office records worldwide, the trilogy is a breathtaking cinematic achievement and beloved by fans everywhere. For Sean Astin, a Hollywood child (his mother is Patty Duke and stepfather is John Astin) who made his feature film debut at 13 in the 1980s classic The Goonies and played the title role in Rudy, the call from his agent about the role of Samwise Gamgee couldn't have come at a better time. His career was at a low point and choice roles were hard to come by. But his 18-month experience in New Zealand with director Peter Jackson and the cast and crew of The Lord of the Rings films would be more than simply a dream-come-true-it would prove to be the challenge of a lifetime. There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale is the complete memoir of Sean Astin, from his early days in Hollywood to the role that changed his life. Though much has been written about the making of the films, including the techniques and artistry employed to bring Tolkien's vision of life and the various relationships between cast members, the real story of what took place on the set, the harrowing ordeals of the actors and the unspoken controversy and backstage dealings have never been told. Sean's experience and candid account of his time filming in New Zealand is unparalleled. More than a companion guide to the Ring films, There and Back Again is filled with stories from the set and of the actors involved that have never been revealed before and is an eye-opening look from a Hollywood veteran at the blood, sweat and tears that went into the making of one of the most ambitious films of all time.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Astin, S., & Layden, J. (2004). There and back again: an actor's tale (First edition.). St. Martin's Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Astin, Sean and Joseph Layden. 2004. There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale. St. Martin's Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Astin, Sean and Joseph Layden. There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale St. Martin's Press, 2004.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Astin, Sean., and Joseph Layden. There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale First edition., St. Martin's Press, 2004.

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