25 years later, 'Field of Dreams' impact still lingers

25 years later, 'Field of Dreams' impact still lingers
June 13, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

"If you build it, he will come..."

It's one of the most famous lines in movie history and 25 years later, people still quote "Field of Dreams" like it just came out last month.

The "he" in the quote is John Kinsella, the father of Ray, Kevin Costner's character in the 1989 classic. Dwier Brown, the actor that played John Kinsella, stopped by the AT&T U-Verse Lounge in the CSNChicago studios last month to talk about his new book and the 25th anniversary celebration taking place in Iowa this Father's Day weekend.

Brown has gone on to act in numerous other small parts in movies, but says people constantly recognize him from his five-minute part at the end of "Field of Dreams." Over the last two-and-a-half decades, he has had countless interactions with fans coming up and pouring out father-son issues to Brown like they had known each other for years.

"They'll tell me they had difficulty in their relationship with their father or son and they went to go see the movie together and they sorta changed how they dealt with each other," Brown said. "They realized how silly sometimes those feuds can be and they were able to heal that relationship instantly just because of that movie.

"For whatever reason, I'm the face they associate with that. I always say that everybody else in the cast and crew opened up everybody's heart and I just took my catcher's mask off and walked right in.

"It's been really rewarding to have that kind of legacy available to me just becuase I did this one movie 25 years ago."

Brown's book, "If You Build It..." captures and shares some of those father-son stories, but it also tells the story of Brown's life. He called the role in "Field of Dreams" serendipitous because his own father passed away before he started filming his scenes in the movie.

Brown remembers his first time catching a glimpse of the historic field in Iowa, where he will go again this weekend with Costner and some of the other celebrities involved in the making of "Field of Dreams."

"[The field] was so beautiful and I had just read the book and read the script," he said. "It was sort of like the whole movie was coming to life for me."

All along, Brown planned to have his book done by the 25th anniversary of the movie and has spent much of the 2014 baseball season going on tours around America. He and his entourage spent almost a week in Chicago in mid-May, attending Derek Jeter's last stops at U.S. Cellular Field and Wrigley Field.

"There's something about being at Wrigley in particular," Brown said. "We're going to Fenway later in the year. Those are ballparks that were around when Shoeless Joe played. There's something special about that."

Catch part of the interview with Brown above and stay tuned to CSN for complete coverage of the "Field of Dreams" 25th anniversary throughout the summer.