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Sean Astin discusses his new indie comedy “And They’re Off”

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Sean Astin is eagerly anticipating word on release of his recently-completed indie comedy, “And They’re Off” – a mockumentary in which he plays a failed horse trainer. “By traditional standards, he’s not really a trainer – he’s only had one horse — but as far as he’s concerned, he is,” reports the actor with a laugh. “He’s upbeat no matter what awful things go on. He’s got a documentary crew following him around the track at Santa Anita at dawn, teaching about horses. He’s out walking around the track saying, ‘I’m not going to ask my horse to do something I wouldn’t do myself.’”

According to Astin, the script by Alan Grossbard was “a hoot.” Veteran TV director Rob Schiller, making his feature debut, left room for the actors, including Cheri Oteri, Martin Mull, Kevin Nealon and Mo Collins to improvise as well.

Meanwhile, Astin says, “It felt like I was meeting myself” the other day when he had a face-to-face encounter with his “Special Agent Oso” yellow and green cartoon Panda counterpart. The Oso special photo op was part of his promotion for season two of the Playhouse Disney series, which launches July 10.

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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