Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Sean Astin Film Festival

Can you name the actor that has starred in a multitude of award winning films portraying characters beloved around the world, there are action figures of, is the voice of a hit cable TV show about Meerkats, and yet has no name recognition at all?

Can you?


That's because Sean Astin is the most underrated and under appreciated actor in Hollywood, nay, the world. Had you ever even heard the name Sean Astin before I just said it? Probably not, yet I am sure you have heard names like Goonies and Lord of the Rings.

I propose a Sean Astin Film Festival, so that the world can partake and revel in his glory, in the shining ray of sunshine that is Sean Astin's smile.

Let me name some movies that would be played at the festival, so that you can start nodding your head in agreement.

The Goonies
Courage Under Fire
Memphis Belle
Toy Soldiers
Encino Man
Like Father Like Son
Where the Day Takes You
Staying Together
War of the Roses
Safe Passage
White Water Summer
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

If you aren't starting to agree...I don't like to toss around the word "crazy" but...

We would even show 50 First Dates and the audience would be encouraged to boo, hiss, and throw things at the screen whenever Sean Astin isn't on screen.

Plus, this isn't a movie, but have you seen Meerkat Manor on Animal Planet? Sean Astin is the narrator. It's like Lost meets Days Of Our Lives. A marathon showing of Meerkat Manor in a dark room made to look like meerkat home would be an amazing addition to the festival, and it could be sponsored by Animal Planet. Maybe there could even be some meerkats running around in the wall behind plexiglass like a giant ant farm. Okay, that's taking it too far.

Of course people would be encouraged to dress up like their favorite character from their favorite Sean Astin movie. I will probably dress like Andy from Goonies or Gandolf from The Lord Of The Rings, anything that puts me in a skirt.

Get with me people. Fight for this one! Go out there and find sponsors. I already gave you one, Animal Planet.

Find a venue. Park City is nice in the spring, and there are plenty of theaters.

Make this happen! The world needs to know who is bringing them so much happiness. The world needs to know Sean Astin.

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Anonymous said...

You're right I've heard next to nothing about these Lord of the Rings movies or seen the characters likeness of promotional items... i didn't even know there were three, weren't they HBO movies?

Anonymous said...

i think everyone knows who sean astin is... like just off hand I know
-he's the son of John Astin and Patty Duke
-he's a twin
-his twin brother played Andy on Facts of life

in the 80s the Astin twins were all over Bop and other teen rags so most girls and men in their early 50s with a taste for teen culture like myself know all too well who he is.... all to well

PS thanks for that first photo on this post it "came in handy"

Anonymous said...

i just call him rudy

Anonymous said...

He's not underrated, just uninspiring. By all means he is a good actor, but does not inspire one to achieve anything greater, and in my book is merely adequate.

Charles McCarthy said...

Have you seen Rudy?

Did you see Goonies?

Were you drunk when you posted this?

Anonymous said...

Your facts are close, but no cigar...

McKenzie Astin is the one who played Andy on The Facts of Life.
Sean Astin and Mackenzie Astin are not twins. Sean is 2 years older, so that pretty much eliminates that idea. They are half brothers, both sharing the same mother, actress Patty Duke. Sean is 2 years older.

I'm sure I was about to be born when you were scoping out the pictures of that 'Bop or 'Tiger Beat' magazine of yours.

Back on topic.. I agree that Sean Astin one of the most underrated actors. I honestly believe that if he were a bit taller or thinner (or anything that "beauty" is considered in the media or Hollywood's eyes), he would've been a bigger star. It's unfortunate that there are so many underrated actors that are underrated based on their looks.
It's a damn shame.