Forrest Gump is one of the most iconic movies of all time. The 1994 film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture.
The story follows Forrest Gump, who is a simpleminded but earnest man who lives his life with integrity, honesty, and kindness. He’s a childlike hero who doesn’t understand the world around him, but he does his best to make things better for those around him.
While sitting at a bus stop, Forrest Gump begins to tell his life story to strangers sitting next to him.
His narrative begins in childhood, when he had to wear leg braces that caused bullying and teasing from other children.
He lived with his mother in a cottage where they rented rooms. There Forrest taught one of the guests, a young Elvis Presley, to dance in a peculiar way that would later become world famous. On the school bus during his first day of school Forrest meets Jenny, with whom he immediately falls in love and with whom he becomes his best friend.
Awesome Facts About Forrest Gump
1. Tom Hanks was not the first actor to be considered for the leading role; before him, the names of Bill Murray, John Travolta (who years later admitted he was wrong) and Chevy Chase were considered.
When all of them turned down the role, Hanks inherited the sweet candy even though he didn’t think the film would be too successful. But to accept it, he first spent an hour and a half reading the script.
2- Young Elvis Presley is dubbed in the original film by Peter Dobson.
3- Tom Hanks’ own brother, Jim, dubbed him in some of the scenes in which Hanks is running.
4- With the statuette for Best Actor for the film, Hanks became only the second actor to win two consecutive Oscars in that category. Spencer Tracy would have won it in 1938 and 1939.
5- Greenbow County, where Forrest lives, was invented in the film.
6- The slow speech of the main character is related to his slight mental retardation, but nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that Tom Hanks decided to copy the slow way of speaking of the boy who plays the role of the child Forrest.
7- When Forrest Gump meets John Lennon on a television set, the dialogue between them (in the original version) includes phrases from Lennon’s song, “Imagine”.
8- The film that gives rise to the scene where Gump’s ancestors appear is the classic film by D.W. Griffith, “The Birth of Gump”. Griffith’s classic, “The Birth of a Nation”, filmed in 1915.
9- Another fact that is specifically adapted for the film is the fact that Gump receives a letter from Apple in 1975, when the company was actually founded in 1976. With USA Today they apply the same method.
10- The one who denies Forrest the seat next to him on the bus is Alex, the son of the director, Robert Zemeckis.
11- “The Forrest Gump Curve”, located on Grandfather Mountain (North Carolina), was so named after the scene where Gump runs up it.
12- In 1996, two years after the film’s release, Viacom founded the real Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant chain. This firm has its origin in the ideas of his colleague Bubba, before his death in Vietnam.
13- The film differs from the novel in that it is based on Gump’s own personality and some of the historical events that are reflected throughout the film.
14- The album with its original soundtrack was a worldwide success, selling eight million copies.
15- The fishing boat Jenny is currently moored next to the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Lake Buena Vista (Florida).
16- The role of Benjamin Buford “Bubba”, played by Mykelti Williamson, was first offered to David Alan Grier, Ice Cube and Dave Chapelle who, like Hanks in the lead role, turned down the opportunity. Chapelle, at the time of turning down the role, argued that the film was going to be a failure. He later acknowledged his thunderous failure as well.
One condition that Hanks set for the film was that it should try to reflect as much as possible the reality of the historical events that took place in it.
18- Haley Joel Osment, who plays Forrest Gump Jr. in the film, was chosen by Zemeckis after he saw him in a Pizza Hut commercial.
19- Dick Cavett plays himself in the 70s, using makeup techniques to appear younger, being the only character in the film who makes a cameo without resorting to stock footage.
20- The film is based mainly on the first 11 chapters of the book and then goes directly to the end of the book.
21- One of the facts made up expressly for the film is the use of orthopedic braces for the legs of the child Forrest.
22- The director also received the film by chance; at first Terry Gilliam (who did not accept the offer to direct it) and Barry Sonnenfeld (who could not direct it because he already had a firm project for The Addams Family: the tradition continues) were discarded.
23- The scene where Gump runs through Vietnam was actually shot on Fripp Island, South Carolina. Likewise, the main character’s family home was built near the Combahee River in Yemassee (South Carolina). Some of the Vietnam scenes, also shot in the area, required the prior planting of 20 palm trees to make the jungle believable.
24- Its initial production cost 55 million dollars. In the USA and Canada alone, it grossed 329.7 million dollars.
25- Surpassing the $250 million mark in 66 days alone, Forrest Gump became the Paramount Pictures film that most quickly surpassed the standard barriers of box office takings (set at $100, $200 and $300 million). In the end, its worldwide gross was 677.4 million dollars.
26- There was talk of a possible sequel, based on the continuation of the original novel: “Gump and co.”, published in 1995 by Winston Groom himself. However, after 9/11, it was decided that the story no longer had a place in today’s tragic reality.
Is Forrest Gump a True Story?
In fact, 'The True Story of Forrest Gump' is actually inspired by several real people and stories.
Several of the characters were inspired by real people, including Sammy Lee Davis, a Vietnam veteran whose experiences were similar to Forrest's.
Others were friends of Winston Groom, author of the original novel, including Jimbo Meador, who inspired the shrimping business Forrest runs throughout the film, and George Radcliff, whose speech pattern was used in developing Forrest's dialogue.
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