Melinda Sue Gordon
By Deborah Netburn, a Los Angeles Times staff writer Were happy any time Sean Astin surfaces in the pop culture landscape whether its narrating Meerkat Manor, playing the only guy who does everything right in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, or showing up as an evil ex-boyfriend on Monk. So we were pleased to see he has the lead role in The Final Season which comes out Friday. The film is based on the true story of a tiny town that is fighting to keep its legacy as the best baseball team in the area despite merging with a different school and the loss of their head coach. Astin plays the assistant coach who has to take over when his superior is fired. Since The Final Season is a sports movie, we asked Astin to recount his favorite such movies of all time. We figured hed be a nice guy, and he was, but we didnt count on him being so smart. His explanation of why he loves each of these films is as good as anything weve published in this column since it started a year and a half ago. 'Field of Dreams' Fathers and sons. Enough said.
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