20+ Facts About the “Forrest Gump” Movie That Can Make You Want to Watch It All Over Again
Tom Hanks made a decision to star in the Forrest Gump movie one and a half hours after reading the script. He even refused to be compensated in the form of a salary and instead asked for a percent of the movie’s overall gross profit. He also set one important condition for the creators that added a lot of extra meaning to the movie. If you know what we are talking about, this article is for you.
Bright Side figured out which historical spin-offs are hidden in the movie and also learned several interesting details about it.
- Do you remember the part where Forrest is asked to perform in an anti-war protest? At one point the microphone he was using got unplugged and viewers could only manage to hear the following words, “That’s all I have to say about that.” However, what he actually said wasn’t just a few empty words. Gump protest speech lines started with: “Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.”
- The film was adapted from a novel with the same name, written by Winston Groom. However, the protagonist appears to readers as an almost heartless cynic in the book. His personality is much softer in the movie. By the way, Forrest’s famous phrase in the movie, “Life is like a box of chocolates” sounds more like, “Being an idiot is no box of chocolates” in the book. Do you feel the difference between the characters’ personalities?
- The book about Forrest has a sequel that was written after the release of the movie. In the second book, Gump meets actor Tom Hanks. Hanks himself refused to take part in the second part having declared that a sequel is the worst thing that could be done with a movie.
- When shooting Forrest Gump’s cross country running parts, Tom Hanks was periodically replaced by another person. This person was the actor’s brother, Jim Hanks, who became his body double.
- The ball that Gump was using while playing ping-pong is not real. It was drawn with the help of computer graphics so that it always hit the racquet. Did it also seem to you that Hanks was the god of this game?
- By the way, when Forrest was being taught to play ping-pong, he was recommended to keep his eyes on the ball. That’s why the main character never blinks in the parts where he’s playing.
- However, all the photos with Forrest that you are able to see in the movie have him with closed eyes.
- Tom Hanks agreed to star in the movie but refused to be compensated in the form of a salary and instead asked for a percent of the movie’s overall gross profit. This contract made the actor $40 million richer.
- The very phrase, “My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump.” was created by Tom Hanks while filming. Eventually, the phrase was kept because the director liked it a lot.
- The role of the main character’s mother is played by actress Sally Field. She is only 10 years older than Tom Hanks and she even played his loved interest in the movie Punchline.
- There is an interesting detail in the movie — whenever there is a time shift and Forrest becomes older, he always wears a blue plaid shirt at the beginning of the age transition.
- Do you know who Sammy L. Davis is? You can easily answer “yes” if you watched the Forrest Gump movie. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor shown in Vietnam and this moment was caught on film. So the part where Forrest Gump was given this same award wasn’t actually shot while producing the movie — Hanks’ head was simply “put over” Davis’ face with the help of computer graphics.
- Do you remember the part where Robin Wright performs naked in the bar? It took almost 24 hours to shoot this part. Wright was sick with flu at that moment and she had a fever. In spite of this, she stayed strong and was able to perform perfectly.
- In order to make the amputated legs of Lieutenant Dan look realistic, Gary Sinise’s knees and shins were wrapped in a special blue fabric that allowed the production crew to digitally remove his legs later. However, the most attentive viewers claim that you can see Dan leaning on his “non-existent” legs in some parts of the movie.
- Tom Hanks agreed to take part in the movie one and a half hours after seeing the script. His only condition was that the movie needed to be historically accurate. We are going to tell you about those historical parts, if you didn’t notice them.
- The movie says that the main character was named after Nathan Bedford Forrest. This is a real person — a US Army General. At one time he was accused of killing a large number of unarmed black soldiers during the Civil War. After it ended, Forrest became one of the initiators who created the Ku Klux Klan.
- This fact makes the part where Gump meets the “Black Panthers” even more symbolic. All because the “panthers’” activist accuses Forrest of racism since he was wearing a military uniform. By the way, “The Black Panther Party” existed in real life and actively fought against racism.
- When entering college, Forrest mentions the “governor’s threats” while integrating into the school. He is talking about the events that happened in 1963. The University of Alabama accepted 3 black students to study there for the first time. They couldn’t be turned away because their documents were perfect. However, being an avid racist, Alabama’s governor George Wallace blocked the entrance to those students by himself. The situation only got resolved thanks to the interference of President John F. Kennedy.
- Forrest’s running scene across the country was also inspired by a real life event. In 1982, Louis Michael Figueroa ran from New Jersey to San Francisco in order to show support to the American Cancer Society. Figueroa would say the following whenever he was asked how he managed to run for such a long time, “I just put one foot in front of the other.”
- By the way, did you understand from the movie that Gump was implicated in the removal of President Nixon? When Forrest was trying to fall asleep in the room of the “Watergate Hotel,” he called technicians to say that people in the opposite room were walking around with flashlights on and asked them to check the electrical wires. After that, we learn that Nixon was forced to retire. In 1972, the Democratic National Committee headquarters was established in one of the “Watergate” rooms. Nixon sent people who were supposed to install a wiretap there. The spies were caught thanks to a watchful hotel guard. In the movie, this role was given to Forrest who claimed he saw flashlights blinking.
- When the plot is coming to the end, Jenny tells Forrest that she is sick with an unknown virus and that doctors don’t know how to help her. It was exactly in this time period that scientists first wrote about AIDS in a scientific journal. That’s why Jenny’s diagnosis is almost obvious.
- Did you know that Warner Bros. Studio gave up the rights to Forrest Gump having exchanged them for the rights to Executive Decision instead? It seemed to them that the image of a mentally challenged guy had already been fully played out in Rain Man and that the audience wouldn’t see anything new on the screen.
- Today the movie is stored in the Library of Congress because it has a huge cultural, historical, and aesthetic value for the country.
- 1994, the year when Forrest Gump was released, became a golden year for Hollywood. Movies like Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Lion King were released this year too. Together with Forrest Gump, they are listed first on the list of the greatest movies of all time.
Have you ever had a situation where, after learning a small detail about a movie, you started to see it from a different angle? We would be glad to hear from you in the comments!
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