When Sean Astin was a guest at Dragon Con in 2010, I chatted with him about the Return of the King parade in New Zealand. I had traveled there in 2003 on a Red Carpet Tour, and showed him this distant picture I snapped of him on the streets of Wellington that day.
At length, we chatted about the expansive beauty of New Zealand. Interesting how fandom has broadened my horizons and given me experiences I never could have imagined. That trip to New Zealand changed my life, and not just because of Tolkien.
Sean Astin is not your ordinary former child star.
My question starts at about the 12:05 mark in part 2 of the panel videos, where I ask him about why he turned out to be so normal even after being a child actor.