Some people call it fate, while others will make the case that it’s purely a coincidence.
Either way, actor Sean Astin has a knack for photobombing when it comes to one particular woman.
Just days ago, a Reddit user shared two photos, revealing the Lord Of The Rings star photobombed her twice, over a span of 26 years.
Photobomber: Lord of The Rings Actor Sean Astin, now 50, photobombed a woman at Disneyland in 2019, which came 26 years after he pulled the prank on the same woman in 1993
The first prank happened in Washington, D.C. back in 1993.
The unsuspecting woman shared that her father had gotten her a hook up to one of President Clinton’s inaugural balls, but it fell through.
As consolation, she wound up crashing another ball, believed to be connected to MTV, that was attended by lots of young people and celebrities.
One of those young celebrities in attendance happened to be Astin, who was recognizable from his earlier roles in The Goonies (1985) and Encino Man (1992).
‘While we waited for Clinton to make his appearance my dad took a picture of us,’ she explained, adding, ‘We had no idea Sean was standing there let alone he photobombed us until we developed the film.’
How it all began: The prank began when Astin, then 22, photobombed the same unsuspecting woman at an inaugural ball in Washington, D.C. for President Bill Clinton in 1993
The photo shows the woman in the front, second from the right, with a number of enthusiastic people around her. Astin can be seen flashing a smile, just a few feet behind her to her right, just as the woman’s father snapped the photo.
Fast forward 26 years, to 2019, and the very same unsuspecting woman is enjoying a day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, when she notices Astin walk by.
She took a moment to ponder whether to introduce herself to the actor.
‘I ask my hubby if I should try and show Sean the photo (which I had in my phone) and he said, “go for it.” So I run after Sean and yell “excuse me Sean, you photobombed me, do you want to see the picture?!”‘
Astin did, in fact, want to check out the image, and enjoyed the backstory so much that he suggested they recreate it.
Good idea: The actor actually suggested to the woman that they recreate the first photobomb
Making his mark: Astin would score the role of Samwise Gamgee in the Lord Of The Rings films beginning with the original, which filmed in 2000, some seven years after the initial photobomb; he is pictured in a scene with star Elijah Wood
In the more recent picture, Astin is peeking over the woman’s shoulder with a sly grin on his face as she flashes a big beaming smile.
‘Actor Sean Astin photo bombing me in ’93 at D.C. inaugural ball and again 26 yrs later at Disneyland,’ she captioned the Reddit posts this past Wednesday.
Meanwhile, some people who saw the post were struck by how the woman in the photos appears to have not aged much over the course of 26 years.
One comment accused her of being either a vampire of a Highlander while another asked if she had a rule against aging.
‘Yes, yes I do,’ she responded, and then proceeded to share her skin care secret, via a link to her facial routine.
Breakout: Astin (seond left) first got widespread recognition for his role in The Goonies (1985) alongside fellow child actor Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman and Ke Huy Quan