Earlier this year FACTS announced Sean Astin as a guest for their Spring Edition. However in the week before FACTS his mother died and he had to cancel (of course). As I am a big fan of the "Lord of the Rings" movies AND because I think "The Goonies" is a classic, I was very disappointed but of course it was more than understandable. You can imagine my happiness when Amsterdam Comic Con announced Sean. I immediately knew I wanted to meet him, I mean Samwise is a legend! And now brace yourself for Carola's confession:
I had never seen anything of the Lord of the Rings until a week before Amsterdam Comic Con (I know, right?) So, the thruth is out there immediately. Are you still ok? Can we move on? 1,5 week before Amsterdam Comic Con I was at a quiz night with colleagues. And there it was: A question about the Lord of the Rings. I saw my a colleague on the other team smile, telling me you don't know the answer... And I didn't. Luckily the other team members did!
And then, as a preparation to Amsterdam Comic Con, I started watching "Lord of the Rings". And I have to make another confession: It wasn't love at first sight. It was hard work actually (jaw hits floor). I'm not used to watching this genre. And there were so many characters, voices! I was having trouble to keep track of everything. But I'm a go-getter. I. do. not. give. up!! So I started on watching part 2. This was going in the right direction.. I had to admit to myself: These scenes with Smeagol were pretty awesome. I'll never forget that: "You don't have any friends. Nobody likes you.. Not listening, not listening."(Go Carola!) And so I kept watching. By the time that I was watching the third movie, I really enjoyed watching. I totally loved the Samwise - Smeagol scenes. I was excited to find out how the movie would end (Cue: a big applause).
Sean Astin's Q&A
I wasn't planning on meeting Sean Astin at Amsterdam Comic Con. Sean Astin was doing a Q&A at Amsterdam Comic Con together with Sylvester McCoy. It was a paid Q&A. I knew Liv wanted to go.(O hell yeah!) So I wanted to have seen the movies to get the Q&A a bit better haha. And to actually know Sean Astin for his roles. So I also watched the Goonies and Click. Sylvester McCoy played Radagast in "The Hobbit" and because of that the Q&A was renamed to Tolkien talk. I sure as hell did not want to miss that.
I have to tell you: I never know absolutely which actors I want an autograph or photo op from. No matter how much I like someone on a movie or series: If it just doesn't feel 'right' for me, I won't get the autograph. Now might 'feeling right' sound a bit strong. It's hard to describe. When I see an actor or actress on a convention or in a Q&A, I see the person. Not only the roles they played anymore. Of course the actor/ actress is at work so still is in some kind of a role. Still, you get the see the persons behind these roles a little bit. And sometimes.. I just don't feel a thing. I don't feel a connection, or can't relate. That can happen. That actually happened to us at FACTS this year. Laurie Holden (known for her role as Andrea in "The Walking Dead") was announced as a guest and before the Q&A I really wanted to go and get an autograph or a photo op. But during the Q&A it just didn't captivate us. I don't know if she had a bad day or something, but we just weren't that enthusiastic anymore, so we did not do it. No I won't go for an autograph then. It's not a problem. I don't want the autograph/ photo just for itself: But mainly so I can meet this person. Not the character they play. And it can happen the other way around. Even if I'm not familiar with an actor, or wasn't sure before the con: I can suddenly get the feeling I want to meet them. So to finally come to what i want to say: I loved their Q&A. And I was truly interested in what they had to say. And I felt like getting a photo op.
We will get back to that later, but first let's talk about the Q&A. From the moment Sean and Sylvester got on stage it was chaos. I mean chaos in a good way (as you can see on the picture). They were very vibrant and had great chemistry. The Q&A area was in the same hall as the wrestling stage and they made a lot of noise (which was quite annoying).
So a bit later I told Liv: You might not believe it, but I'm actually thinking of also getting a photo op with Sean. I already bought mine upfront so I was pleasantly surprised when Carola said she was going to buy a photo op ticket, but I couldn't quite believe it. She laughed and said 'Really'? Yes, I was thinking about it (I actually already knew it for sure, but always need some time to process my impulsive ideas).
As always: My decision came quite late. There was only 40 minutes left before the photo op. So I rushed to get a ticket. I was lucky: No queue. But not thát lucky: The ticket system was down. So I had to wait... and wait.. In the mean time Liv went outside for smoke. And I waited. But the ticket system stayed down. Eventually, I received a handwritten ticket. I was relieved, I could still get my photo with Sean Astin!
Sean Astin photo op
I went to look for the queue instantly. There I found myself in trouble again. This guy was calling people by group number. Guess what? Yup.. my handwritten note didn't have a group number. The guy seemed very strict and a bit agitated. So I gathered all my courage and asked. Or well.. Tried to ask! Before I could speak out, he told me I should queue in the last group. So Liv and I couldn't queue together. No problem, but less entertaining. Yes it was, luckily I could still see you at the back of the line, so we could exchange frightened glances, lol.
In the queue, I was quite nervous. I didn't plan this and hadn't really expected this to happen haha. So there I was on my own, without a plan. Without Liv. Not that courageous anymore haha. the queue went on pretty quickly. In the meantime I had already got my picture taken and I had a surprise for Carola. I had joked about giving Sean our Conmose card, like I did with Rick Cosnett. And when I entered the room I thought What the Hell and just did it. So I went to show it to Carola in the queue. That was nice! Soon, I was in the photo op room and could watch the pictures being made. Ok, I saw the pose he was doing. Check. Not that much to worry about. He seemed happy and nice.
And then it was my turn! I wanted to walk up quickly but he looked at my dress. And of course I wasn't prepared to say something or have a conversation haha. Sean Astin just looked at my dress and said "Oh wow, such a colorful dress!". I just remember that and not even what I said haha. Probably just a mumbled thanks. Again, I wasn't prepared haha. But I loved it. He just took initiative with everyone for the pose. And he was very kind and happy. It was a wonderful photo op and I'm very glad I did it. At the next convention (maybe FACTS) I might go for an autograph as well! Are you going to a convention that Sean is attending? Lucky you! Fan of the Goonies or Lord of the Rings? I really recommend meeting him!! Luckily for us Sean will be attending FACTS in Ghent this year, so we will get a second chance!