Media Watch: Rip It Up Magazine|
Xoanon @ 09:27 EST
The good folks at 'Rip It Up' magazine were kind enough to sent me this snippet of their interview with John Astin, Sean Astin (Sam) father.
I visit The One Ring net almost daily and have a little something you might be interested in. I just interviewed John Astin, better known as the original Gomez Addams, who’s here in Adelaide to perform the one-man show Edgar Allan Poe: Once Upon A Midnight as part of the world famous (?) Adelaide Fringe. A lovely guy he was too. Any old how, we got to talking about his son, Sean and this is what happened:
RIU:Tell me John, is the actor Sean Astin your son?
JA:"He is indeed!"
RIU:And he’s over in New Zealand working with a director you’ve worked with before, one Peter
JA:"That is… a fact!"
RIU:That’ll be terrific for his career.
JA:"I think so. As you probably know, he’s playing Samwise Gamgee and I think it’s a great part for him. He’s having a great time working with Peter and Fran. His wife Christine and his daughter Alexandra are down there with him and in fact, I think Ally is going to do a little bit in there too."
RIU:Yes, I’ve heard she’s going to play his daughter at the end of the film. That’s a neat piece of casting!
JA:"You heard that?"
RIU:Oh yes, I’ve been following the films’ progress zealously. I thought it was a nicely… what’s the word… symmetrical (?) thing that the two of you will have worked with the same director…
JA:"Yes, well they asked me to read for Gandalf, so I did. I think I came up with something that wasn’t what they were imagining. I tried to do what they were looking for but probably wasn’t prepared for it. I loved working with them on The Frighteners and they’re a terrific pair. Sean’s having a great time. I believe Ally’s been playing with Fran and Peter’s kids and having a good time with them.
They’re such a… nice couple of people. I would be delighted to work with them anytime, in a large part or a small part. They’re just good people."It’d be great to see you turn up in there somewhere. "That’d be fun to do something. I don’t know. Schedules are tough. I don’t know if it’s possible even. But yeah! It would be fun."
RIU:Was yours a Tolkien household?
JA:"Oh! Not really. I was into other things. I read The Hobbit when it came out. Of course, when I grew up, it hadn’t been written! But in the household with Sean, oddly, it wasn’t one of the stories I read to him. Why, I don’t know. It just didn’t happen. It could’ve very well, it was that kind of a story… and of course The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is so powerful.
"It’s a fascinating project. I think the idea behind it, that they’re going to film all three films
So we have some retro casting news here, John Astin was asked to read for Gandalf!