Astin seeks wisdom of fellow actors

Jan. 21, 2004 at 2:04 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Sean Astin says he is looking to his fellow actors to see how to plan his career now "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy has ended.

Astin told UPI's Karen Butler he discussed the matter with his actor father John Astin because he realizes he has reached a critical point in his career and wants to make the right decisions.

"And he said, 'Well, just make the best decision you can and when it turns out that you screwed up and made a mistake, then you know you got that mistake out of the way.' And I was like: 'Okay. Cool,'" the actor noted.

Astin also recalled approaching actress Helen Mirren at an awards show and asking her how she maintained her integrity throughout her career.

"'She said: 'Oh, honey. We just keep slogging on,'" Astin recalled. "So, yeah, the support group is the fellowship of actors."

Astin then recounted how when he was 23 and nominated for an Oscar for a short film, he met Anthony Hopkins at an awards luncheon.

"And I said, 'I'm such a big fan,' and he said, 'Hire me, hire me!' And I thought, 'It's the same insecurity that every ingenue has and this is Anthony f--ing Hopkins!'" he said.

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