NewsWire: Actor Astin was a Hobbling Hobbit - Associated Press

"More sheperd's pie for Mr. Astin."

"More sheperd's pie for Mr. Astin."
For a time, while making The Lord of the Rings movies, Sean Astin was a hobbling hobbit.

Astin was wearing his foam latex hobbit feet for a scene where he had to run into the water. Something - perhaps a stick, a branch or a bottle - "just punctured right through" his costume, "and there was a lot of blood," he told AP Radio.

He was back on the set the next day.

Astin plays the hobbit Sam in the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece, directed by Peter Jackson.

The 30-year-old had to pack on 30 pounds for the role.

"When I stopped weightlifting and kept eating, it's amazing what happens to the metabolism as it slows down and the belly appears," he said.

And when it came time to lose the belly, "I didn't change my diet at all. Literally, I was like Forrest Gump. I was running and running."

All three The Lord of the Rings films were shot together in New Zealand.

The first installment, The Fellowship of the Ring, will be in theaters on Dec. 19.

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