There & Back Again

There & Back Again : An Actor's Tale. A Behind the Scenes look at The Lord of the Rings

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 25mm | 275g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1X, 8 colour photos
  • 0753510871
  • 9780753510872

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"'THE MOST PENETRATING ACCOUNT OF THE RINGS SHOOT.' EMPIRE 'Fans of Peter Jackson's trilogy will lap it up' Total Film 'Refreshing in its non-glitzy tone, all the while giving the reader a much better sense of an actor's life than a hundred kiss 'n' tells' Starburst 'Full of titbits, tales and tantrums from the set' SFX"show more

About Sean Astin

Sean Astin plays Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and is a veteran of over 30 movies, including The Goonies. Joe Layden is a journalist and the author of over 30 books, including The Rock Says...show more

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Much has been written about Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings - the highest-grossing trilogy of all time - but, until now, there hasn't been such a personal, in-depth account from the set. 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.show more

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"Fans... will be spinning like a top to get their paws on this engrossing book... fab stuff!"show more

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