Forrest Gump is a 1994 American comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field. The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a slow-witted but kind-hearted, good-natured and athletically prodigious man from Alabama who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States; more specifically, the period between Forrest’s birth in 1944 and 1982. The film differs substantially from Winston Groom’s novel, including Gump’s personality and several events that were depicted.
This film took us on an epic journey through the life of Forrest Gump. It was unexpectedly funny, heartwarming and adventurous. Now, let’s take a look at some interesting facts that you may not know about this movie:
1. Lots of great movies came out the very same month as this one (Oct. 1994).
2. Tom Hanks got his accent from the young Forrest Gump.
Young Forrest was played by Michael Conner Humphrey and Tom modeled his accent after his.
3. No actor’s fee.
Tom Hanks waved his actor’s fee and instead took percentage points and made about $40 million dollars!
4. New home made to look old.
This was not really an old home. It was actually built for this movie and it was made to look like it’s been around for decades.
5. Not a real place.
His hometown of Greenbow, Alabama in the movie is not a real place.
6. The bullies on the bus.
Tom Hank’s daughter played a role in which she denied Forrest a seat on the bus. Also, the director’s son played an extra who did the same to Forrest.
7. Jenny’s cause of death.
In the book, she dies of Hepatitis C which she contracted from doing drugs. That’s why she says in the film that the doctors don’t know what the virus is and can’t do anything about it.
8. Lieutenant Dan’s necklace was real.
It was a rosary with a Saint Christopher medal that was worn in Vietnam by Gary Sinise’s brother-in-law, Jack Treese, in the 60s. It said, “Protect Us In Combat”.
9. Vietnam became a golf course.
This scene was shot on what is now known as the Ocean Creek Golf Course on Fripp Island, South Carolina. The background was created using CGC.
10. Travolta passed on the opportunity.
He was offered the role of Forrest Gump and later admitted that passing it up was a huge mistake.