Sunday, August 13, 2006

Fans Meet Costner on 'Field of Dreams'

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Thousands of Fans Join Kevin Costner for Concert and Free Screening of 'Field of Dreams'

The Associated Press

DYERSVILLE, Iowa - The corn lining the outfield is tall again this year. The white farmhouse, wraparound porch and picket fence appear unaffected by time. The mythic baseball diamond and lush outfield look just like they did in the film made 17 years ago.

And for a few hours, hundreds of children and parents raced around the bases, played catch or hit soft pitches in the field made famous by 1989's "Field of Dreams."

For 10-year-old Alexis Turner, the visit included a brush with Kevin Costner, the movie's star who returned Friday for the first time since filming ended.

Costner joined about 5,000 people who packed the field for a free screening of the movie. The event, sponsored by online DVD rental company Netflix Inc., is the fifth stop in a 10-city tour featuring classic movies at the locations they were filmed.

"My dad pointed him out to me. I didn't even know I was standing next to him," said Turner, of Goshen, Ind., who fielded balls while Costner tossed pitches to one young hitter after another.
"He told me to 'step back honey,' ... when one, a bigger hitter, came to bat," said Turner, in the middle of touring several major league ballparks with her father. "This is easily my most favorite part of the trip."

The film, about a farmer who is persuaded by a mysterious voice to build a baseball field in his cornfield, is based on the Ray Kinsella novel "Shoeless Joe."

"I was only 14 when the movie came out, and it was immediately one of my favorites and still is," said Jennifer Lukenbill, who drove her husband and children eight hours from their home in Nevada, Mo., to see Costner and the movie.

"I can't watch it even today without feeling the way I did the first time," she said. "It was the first time I saw my dad cry and the last time."

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