As an actual Mikey Walsh who has spoken with Sean Astin about the name I share with his Goonies character, I can personally attest that the actor is as kind and friendly in real life as you would hope and imagine. He’s a lovable guy, which is why his approval rating is 100% (with a +/- margin of error of zero). And it just went up, after Twitter got to bathe in the wonderful glory of him cuddling an otter. As if that weren’t a nice enough diversion from the daily tedium, frustration, and anger of social media, it also led to an impromptu celebration of the actor that shows why he’s so beloved by everyone, no matter how old they are.
idk who needed this but sean astin from stranger things with an otter pic.twitter.com/DuzkGt4Ld5
— sam 🍒 (@samxgrace) August 8, 2019
That near perfect tweet (and we’ll get to the obvious issue with it in a second) led to Astin trending on Twitter, which always leads fans to experience two terrible fears.
me when I saw Sean Astin was trending and feared he said something problematic 😩 pic.twitter.com/yhQkG8VwuO
— Shannon (@shanruss07) August 9, 2019
I GOT SO SCARED TO SEE SEAN ASTIN ON TRENDING I THOUGHT HE DIED OMG THANK GOD
— 𝐤𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐲☁️ (@kelsteatime) August 9, 2019
No worries, though. Neither of those things happened. Sean Astin is too wonderful to say something problematic and Goonies never die.
Why is Sean Astin trending????
Just because he’s awesome. Phew. pic.twitter.com/EpvFcvs38x
— alex. (@AlexEssentially) August 9, 2019
But as for that original otter tweet, it didn’t totally sit right with everyone, because it described him as “Sean Astin from Stranger Things.” For many of us reading, that is like having Father Time punch you in the face at your birthday party.
“Sean astin from stranger things” pic.twitter.com/IqGHDNx4XE
— Maria (@TheMariaRamie) August 9, 2019
Oh, it hurts, right in our creaky old bones. Fortunately it led to funny responses that also double as a great trip through his entire career, one that has been as diverse as it has been long.
I’m sorry but Sean Aston didn’t get through a booby trapped series of cave tunnels to steal One Eyed Willy’s treasures to save his house/town, to be known as “Sean Astin from Stranger Things”. Y’all I’m DONE. The disrespect! pic.twitter.com/SwfpjHmGoS
— Nicole (@Nic_Nic_Nicolah) August 9, 2019
Sean Astin: For every Generation there is a Hero pic.twitter.com/IzgPrje7ca
— Ziggy (@mrjafri) August 9, 2019
Sean Astin deserved a goddamn Oscar nomination for the third LORD OF THE RINGS, not to be turned into “Sean Astin from STRANGER THINGS.”
He did not trek all the way to Mordor for that shit. pic.twitter.com/wz0ULezkFP
— James D.F. Hannah (@JDFHannah) August 9, 2019
You obviously tell there is a new generational gap forming because NO ONE I know would say Sean Astin from STRANGER THINGS. Samwise didnt carry Frodos bitch ass up Mount Doom for this disrespect. https://t.co/WreHPQDZev
— DumbHandz (@nubbxlife) August 8, 2019
That’s Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings you fetus
— elisa la media latina (@electrfyngelise) August 8, 2019
Sean Astin didn’t absolutely OWN this outfit just to be referred to as “Sean Astin from Stranger Things” pic.twitter.com/THtoq48K5N
— Sarah (@Sarahflo93) August 9, 2019
So no one wants to talk about when Sean Astin defended the world from the Nazis by operating the ball turret of a B-17… and not just any B-17 but the MEMPHIS BELLE?! pic.twitter.com/IEUCwFgm4e
— Justin Starr (@UrbanAstroNYC) August 9, 2019
At least refer to Sean Astin as Rudy! He didn’t work that hard to get to Norte Dame out of JUCO and get battered in every practice for anything less unless it’s Mikey from the Goonies! pic.twitter.com/25tKSHbZCz
— Jayluminati (@Jayluminati) August 9, 2019
.@SeanAstin is trending and people want to talk about Sean Astin from The Goonies, Rudy, Toy Soldiers, Lord of the Rings, 50 First Dates, 24 & more but NONE of you remember that before Stranger Things, Sean Astin saved a mountain in Vermont from a bald @GroovyBruce in Icebreaker! pic.twitter.com/kamracITvw
— The After Movie Diner (@aftermoviediner) August 9, 2019
Lynn McGill didn’t sacrifice himself during the nerve gas attack on the CTU building to be referred to as Sean Astin – Actor. pic.twitter.com/2NQ1lrvFk8
— Michael Jukes (@jukesm) August 9, 2019
— Joe Walker (@SpaceKappa) August 9, 2019
Also, while on the topic of Goonies and Sean Astin, don’t forget to watch Toy Soldiers pic.twitter.com/1vjpsB5vWW
— Jason Almenas (@striderno9) August 9, 2019
Being a 90s kid and since Sean Astin is trending. Let me tell you one of my favorite film of his. Encino man ❤ pic.twitter.com/y0mR0NmqcG
— SweetzMistakes (@Dasha21003547) August 9, 2019
Twitter even celebrated how long his whole family has been entertaining us.
Don’t forget that Sean Astin’s mother was Helen Keller herself, Oscar winner Patty Duke. His younger brother is also McKenzie Astin. pic.twitter.com/La3p964dGZ
— | KinTX 🇺🇸 | (@loudonkleer) August 9, 2019
And how did everyone’s favorite Mikey Walsh (it’s okay, I know where I stand) handle all of this sudden attention? In the most Sean Astin way possible.
Just kills me. Twitter does many things. This trending cycle?HILARIOUS. https://t.co/LwJBjQmFWJ
— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) August 9, 2019
He really is the best, no matter what show or movie you remember him from.
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