Sean Astin played the famous role of Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film series, and it’s a role he continues to be very well known for, alongside his characters in The Goonies and Rudy. In a new interview with ColliderAstin touched on the 20th anniversary of the King’s return and also listed some of the Lord of the Rings phrases people yell at him in public.
The most quoted line Astin gets in public is exactly what you might have guessed: “Po-tay-toes! Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in stew,” Astin said.
Sam utters this line in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, as he tries to convince Gollum that the best way to eat rabbits is to cook them in a stew with “taters”. He delivers the iconic “po-tay-toes” line to hammer at Gollum, then lists the different ways they can be eaten.
Astin went on to say that people also quote other lines Sam said, including “There’s still some good left in this world” and “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.”
Reflecting on the 20th anniversary of Return of the King, Astin said, “There’s so much work, so much creativity, so much sacrifice and reward, and so much relationship, so much identity in it all.”
Astin said he and his fellow Hobbit castmates continue to have a text thread, and they talk and interact with each other regularly. “I’m so thankful that the movie still seems to hold up for audiences, the special effects still seem to hold up, the performances, the mythology of it,” he said.
The return of the king is back in theaters now for a special event to mark the franchise’s 20th anniversary.
The Return of the King swept the Oscars, winning 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Peter Jackson, among other accolades. Jackson followed up those films with a Hobbit trilogy, and while not as critically adored, all three movies grossed billions at the box office.
As such, it’s no big surprise that Warner Bros. Discovery recently announced plans for more Lord of the Rings movies. It’s still early days, but for now you can check out GameSpot’s breakdown at everything we know about the new Lord of the Rings movies.
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