HOLLYWOOD — If you screen it, they will come. Especially if it’s “Field of Dreams” under the stars on a warm, summer night amid cornfields.
Universal went to great lengths June 9 to create what Kevin Costner called “a production designer’s mushroom trip” in setting up rows of synthetic corn surrounding a baseball diamond and 20-foot high screen in a West Hollywood park touting the baseball pic’s 15th anniversary and DVD release.
“I know exactly what this little honeybucket of a movie means to Universal,” Costner said moments after emerging from the corn along with castmembers Amy Madigan (a big Chicago White Sox fan), Timothy Busfield and Dwier Brown. “Here we are, 15 years later, and we’re still doing publicity for the film.”
Producer Lawrence Gordon compared the DVD release to “a revival of a Broadway show.”
Despite the minor glitch as the film was queued up, which prompted a 15-minute delay, a large number of cast and crew in attendance actually stayed to watch the sentimental pic.
Those filling the bleachers and lawn chairs included helmer Phil Alden Robinson, producer Charles Gordon, composer James Horner, Tom Pollack (who was U’s topper when “Dreams” preemed), Universal’s Craig Kornblau, Cheech Marin and ballplayers Eric Davis and Roy Gleason.