The Eclipse, a lauded indie Irish flick that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, just opened in D.C. this past week. And apparently, it’s not without some local influence.
According to the Washington Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays blog, director Conor McPherson embellished the plot, which was supposed to be about a love triangle at a literary festival, by adding ghosts to the story after he made a visit to Georgetown.
“I really wanted to visit The Exorcist house and Georgetown. I just found it really, really inspiring,” he told Nikki Schwab and Tara Palermi. “People think I’m absolutely crazy saying all this.”
McPherson and Eclipse star Ciarán Hinds visited the Exorcist stairs before the movie’s special screening in D.C. at the Georgetown AMC on Tuesday, too.
Hinds, an “oh right, that guy” actor slated to play Dumbledore’s brother in the remaining Harry Potter films, was impressed.
“It just takes you right up in a very strange gray-lit area up there.”