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.
Ladies, get you a man that holds you like Sean Astin holds this otter. pic.twitter.com/OZJBvu6uCX— Dolly Marlowe 💋 (@DollyMarlowe) August 9, 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.
No worries, though. Neither of those things happened. Sean Astin is too wonderful to say something problematic and Goonies never die.
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. 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.
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— NoSweetPromises (@Dasha21003547) 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
.@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 Donald Pleasence Movie Diner (@aftermoviediner) August 9, 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
Sean Astin deserved a goddamn Oscar nomination for the third LORD OF THE RINGS, not to be turned into "Sean Astin from STRANGER THINGS."— James D.F. Hannah is writing a second draft (@JamesDFHannah) August 9, 2019
He did not trek all the way to Mordor for that shit. pic.twitter.com/wz0ULezkFP
Sean Astin: For every Generation there is a Hero pic.twitter.com/IzgPrje7ca— Ziggy (@mrjafri) August 9, 2019
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— Nic (@Nic_Nic_Nicolah) August 9, 2019
Twitter even celebrated how long his whole family has been entertaining us.
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.
Gotta!— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) August 9, 2019
Just kills me. Twitter does many things. This trending cycle?HILARIOUS. https://t.co/LwJBjQmFWJ
He really is the best, no matter what show or movie you remember him from.
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