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Origin Stories Bonus: Mackenzie Astin

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 12:11 AM

Actor Mackenzie Astin, who stars as Dodger in The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, chats with Slashfilm's Blake Harris about sibling rivalry (with brother Sean Astin), becoming a child actor and how a counterculture phenomenon turned into such a horrible, horrible movie. Listen to more episodes of How Did This Get Made: Origin Stories on Stitcher Premium!
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Posted 23 August 2017 - 09:27 AM

This was utterly delightful! His giggles made me giggle along almost every time lol.
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Posted 23 August 2017 - 11:25 AM

Paul, Jason and June did some healing. :(

ETA: Wanted to say, I used the sadface emoji because this made me tear up a bit. Love to Mackenzie and his father and brother and wife who all sound cool. Glad we don't have to add them to our enemies list like the Chopping Mall guy.

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 04:19 PM

I wrote this review of GPK on letterboxd last week. Having listened to the bonus episode, I feel like I correctly predicted what life was like at home for the Astins.
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Posted 23 August 2017 - 04:20 PM

This was excellent ...Mac seems very charming.

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 07:11 PM

This was great, he laughs a lot like his dad.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 07:17 AM

Great interview. I wonder if he ever said to his dad, well at least I wasn't in Teenwolf Too!

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 07:22 AM

This interview even has a surprising heartwarming moment when Mackenzie talks about how his brother Sean paid for his rehab. From one oldest brother to another, thank you for that wonderful bit of familial heroism, Sean!
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 08:24 AM

This was a good interview. Astin was candid, forthcoming, and seemed genuinely grateful that someone took the time to hear him out. On the second hand, I'm not sure that Blake was ready for a Maron-esque confessional interview. Still, he held his own pretty well.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 08:40 AM

He seems like a good dude, and I was shocked that his dad is still alive. I thought he had passed years ago. This line talking about HDTGM is amazing.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 12:05 PM


I was shocked that his dad is still alive. I thought he had passed years ago.

Still alive. 87 years young. Not allowed to die. I believe he still teaches at Johns Hopkins. http://krieger.jhu.e...ory/john-astin/

Patty Duke has passed though.