CONNOR CORUM (Colton Burpo) makes his screen debut in Heaven
is for Real. Connor's family responded to an open casting call in their hometown
of Cleveland, Ohio, after having been told about the casting session by a family
friend. Chosen from amongst numerous worthy contenders after an exhaustive North
American search, six-year-old Connor impressed the filmmakers with his
absolutely natural approach and his unique ability to adjust to whatever was put
in front of him.
Connor is a fun-loving and compassionate older brother to his sister, Ryan
and baby brother, Pierce. He plays soccer and enjoys dressing up as a spy or
ninja to go on secret missions; he is truly an All-American boy.
Director Randall Wallace and Connor formed an undeniably special bond during
the shooting of the film. Each day was full of hugs and praise followed by
Randall swinging Connor in wide, dizzying circles. More than anything though,
Connor loved to have Randall hold him upside down over a garbage can, and
pretend that he was about to drop him in. Kids ... go figure what will prove to
be a source of delight, and an incentive for the long, arduous process of
multiple takes, and the concentration required of Connor to remember his lines
Connor's portrayal of Colton Burpo is a wondrous and wonderful testament to
the love and support of his family, Randall Wallace, and the film's stars Greg
Kinnear and Kelly Reilly, who play Colton's parents Todd and Sonja Burpo.