?How could the world go back to the way it was, when so much bad had happened?? actor Sean Astin’s character Sam says in his heroic “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” speech. ?But in the end, it?s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.?
After Donald Trump’s unexpected election win, many of his opponents took solace in Sam’s words, sharing the speech across social media. Astin is aware that his character’s speech is being used as inspiration, but he had a new message to share when a TMZ reporter caught up with him.
“I think ‘Lord of the Rings’ is about persevering in the face of overwhelming odds,” he said before bringing up the viral speech. “That was in November; now we’re in March, and things are happening. And so, I think it was more like Frodo and Sam walking across Mordor. You know, when we were filming, it’d be like walking, walking, and walking. It’s like ‘Are we walking across Mordor today?’ You’d get your costume on, and they’re like, ‘Yep, more walking across Mordor.’ So, that’s what we’re doing now; we’re walking across Mordor.”
When asked if he thinks we’ll ever arrive, Astin, replied, “Yeah. I’m feeling better today than I have in a long time. Some really good things just happened.”
To illustrate his point, he outlined some of the latest signs of growth from Trump administration, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusing himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, as well as the president’s behaving in a more presidential manner during his Joint Address of Congress.