“Grace Is Gone” was the rare premiere at which the composer sparked as much attention as the star.
At the Academy Theater bow Nov. 28, producer-star John Cusack said he asked Clint Eastwood to do the score (“Why not shoot for the best? All he can say is ‘no.’ “) because the indie film’s story of a father who can’t bear to tell his daughters their soldier mother has died in Iraq needed “delicacy and nuance.”
For his part, Eastwood said he didn’t want the score “to overwhelm the film. You want to go under it and support it.”