Greg Kinnear Explores Inner Conflicts of “Heaven Is For Real”

Oscar nominee and Emmy Award winning actor Greg Kinnear stars in “Heaven is for Real” as Todd Burpo, a small town pastor whose faith is shaken after his son Colton (Connor Corum) claims to have visited heaven. The story, based on Todd Burpo’s bestselling novel of the same name, is under reliable hands with Randall Wallace as the director. Wallace, best known as the screenwriter behind “Braveheart,” also directed the films “The Man in the Iron Mask” and “We Were Soldiers.”

Although the story contains religious overtones, “Heaven is for Real” is also an evocative look at Burpo’s profound relationship with Colton. Does he believe his son and risk criticism from his congregation (which includes fine work from Margo Martindale and Thomas Haden Church) or does he explain the visions as mere illusions?

Stories of holding onto as well as questioning one’s faith, whether it’s spiritual or of a secular nature, is a universal struggle. “I guess it could have just been a role,” said Kinnear, who previously worked with Wallace on We Were Soldiers. “Randy doesn’t tend to make movies like that. We Were Soldiers had a big impact on me, and I would say the same for this movie.”

Click on the media bar to hear Greg Kinnear explain why “Heaven Is For Real” is a story that just doesn’t focus on heaven.

“Heaven Is For Real,” which also stars Kelly Reilly as Todd’s wife Sonja Burpo, is now playing nationwide.

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