The Enneagram. Myers-Briggs. Gallup Strengthsfinders. There are many quizzes and tests that can tell you a lot about a person, but none of them are as piercing, nor as prescient, as the one tearing through social media like a football playing, treasure-hunting, Light of Elendil-wielding RadioShack manager.
Yes, the question tearing the internet apart today revolves around Sean Astin. Most actors consider themselves lucky to get one career-defining role. Astin has at least four and as Twitter discovered, those four are spread out across the disparate eras, giving each new generation yet another defining Sean Astin role to cling to like a liferaft amidst the storms of uncertainty and self-doubt. So which Sean Astin is your Sean Astin?
It started on Twitter, when a picture of Sean Astin playing with a fluffy little otter went viral. That’s normal, cute celebs doing things content, but eyebrows were raised because the Twitter user described him as “Sean Astin from Stranger Things”.
idk who needed this but sean astin from stranger things with an otter pic.twitter.com/DuzkGt4Ld5
— sam ⋆ (@voguetaurus) August 8, 2019
“Sean Astin from Stranger Things”? SEAN ASTIN FROM STRANGER THINGS?! Mikey did not lead the Goonies through the underground caverns of Astoria, Oregon to be remembered as Sean Astin from Stranger Things. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Gen Z may only know Sean Astin as the Stranger Things guy, but as Wizened, Nostalgic Twitter was quick to point out, the first Sean Astin was Sean Astin from Goonies.
But no sooner had Wizened, Nostalgic Twitter had its say that Sports Twitter spear tackled into the conversation, reminding everyone that Sean Astin’s true defining role came years after Goonies, when he suited up for Notre Dame. Yes, for many people — especially protein-shake guzzling muscleheads — Sean Astin will always be Sean Astin from Rudy.
But surely you know who came next. A motley collection of elvish-speaking beardos peeking out from underneath the brims of their Gandalf cosplay and cleaning the wax out of their pointy ear prosthetics to remind everyone that Fantasy Twitter is alive and well and Sean Astin’s one and only role was Samwise Gamgee, making Lord of the Rings Sean Astin the one Sean Astin to rule them all.
And then, of course, Stranger Things Sean Astin — the most recent entry in the canon, but certainly not the least. The debate was enough to send Sean Astin to the top trending subject on Twitter, which probably led many people to fear the worst but no, Sean Astin is just fine. It is we who are in a crisis moment. Which Sean Astin will represent us? Which Sean Astin will represent you?
Who is your Sean Astin?