Facts about Clint Eastwood’s ‘Hereafter’

American Icons
on April 2, 2011

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.
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