24. Terence Mann is a fictionalised take on novelist J.D. Salinger

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Field of Dreams sees Kevin Costner’s farmer Ray contact a reclusive author named Terence Mann (James Earl Jones). This is a change from the original novel Shoeless Joe, in which Ray meets a fictionalised version of an actual living author of the time: J.D. Salinger, writer of The Catcher in the Rye, and a notorious recluse in real life.

Given reclusive nature, Salinger had never met Kinsella. In a 2010 interview, W.P. Kinsella explained that “[Salinger’s] lawyers wrote my publisher’s lawyers saying he was outraged and offended to be portrayed in the novel and they would be very unhappy if it were transferred to other media.” For this reason, the fictitious Terence Mann was created for the movie.

23. Moonlight Graham was a real person

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Moonlight Graham, played in Field of Dreams by Frank Whaley and Burt Lancaster, was based on a real baseball player of the same name. He was a medical student when he played his one and only major league game, playing right field for the New York Giants on 29th June 1905, and he played against the Brooklyn Superbas at Washington Park.

Graham is portrayed by two actors in Field of Dreams: Burt Lancaster plays the older Graham, and Frank Whaley plays Graham as a young man. However, there’s one minor difference between the real-life Graham and the movie Graham that only a baseball superfan might spot; he was actually left-handed.

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