Neil Pond shares five little-known facts surrounding Clint Eastwood’s gripping drama about what happens when we die.
- You might recognize the name of the executive producer: Steven Spielberg.
- The movie, released last year under a veil of secrecy to create buzz, was shipped to theaters under the name Heaven’s Playground.
- Clint Eastwood had his own brush-with-death experience. Drafted into military service during the Korean War, he was a passenger in a U.S. Navy plane when it went down in the Pacific. He and the pilot swam to safety.
- Jay Mohr brought some TV afterlife to his role as Billy, George’s brother—he helped Jennifer Love Hewitt talk to spirits in The Ghost Whisperer.
- Matt Damon’s character makes a pilgrimage to the restored London home of his favorite author, Charles Dickens—whose famous literary character, Ebenezer Scrooge, also learned that ghosts aren’t anything to bah-humbug about.