For Sean Astin, 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.
Though much has been written about the making of the films, 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. More than a companion guide to the Rings films, There and Back Again is filled with stories from the set and of the actors involved that have never before been revealed; an eye-opening look at the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the making of one of the most ambitious films of all time.
©2004 Sean Astin; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Pulishers, LLC
"The book succeeds as a brutally frank, hard-hitting portrait of the film business. Astin shoots from the hip, frequently offending people with his contentious viewpoints....Astin comes across as a complex personality, courageous, impulsive, loving, abrasive, and these contradictory qualities make him an arresting centerpiece for a Hollywood story." (Publishers Weekly)
"Good but I expected better"
Although the story was ok, it was very much look at all the people i know. I have read many books from actors but i don't think i will listen to this one again.
This is pretty OK, but Sean is very noticeably American, which means there is a lot of 'special moment', 'like a family', 'so in awe of', 'honoring each and every blabla' etc. He does seem to focus on awards a lot as well. Overall there are a few nice tidbits, and it's pretty well ok. I'd give 2,5 stars instead of 3, but oh well.
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