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17 Things Forrest Gump Producers Hid From Fans

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Forrest Gump is a comedy drama that was released in 1994. It is based on a novel called Forrest Gump that was written by Winston Groom. It was rated very highly by viewers and it became a top hit American comedy – drama that everyone wanted to watch. The main actors were Sally Field, Tom Hanks, Mykelti Williamson, Gary Sinise and Robin Wright.

The movie was watched by so many people. However, there are a few things about this movie that will definitely surprise you. This article focuses on the things that Forrest Gump directors hid from their fans.

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John Travolta, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase all turned down the role of Forrest Gump. They were among the first people to be approached to act in the movie. However, they all did not accept the offer of which they regretted later on.

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Tom Hanks was given the lead role that was supposed to be given to Chevy Chase. This role gave him an opportunity to transition from being a comedic actor to a dramatic actor. This was a great turning point for Tom Hanks since he aced the performance.

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The movie earned over US$677 million. However, Tom Hanks did not get paid for acting. He only accepted percentage points which in the end, earned him US $ 40 million.

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It is almost unbelievable that Forrest had his eyes closed in all the photos found in the movie. This is very fascinating since it is not expected of such lead actors.

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During the Ping-Pong matches, there was no ball used. It was purely computer generated imagery.

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During the Vietnam rally that was held in Washington, Tom Hanks’ microphone was not audible. This are the exact words he said “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.” This is hidden by the directors and thus not so many people heard what he said.

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According to the movie, Sally field appears to be very old compared to Tom Hanks. However, in reality she is only ten years older than him.

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In every transitioning stage, Forrest was wearing a blue checked shirt. Is this a coincidence or was it planned?

17. “People Call Me Forrest Gump”…

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Tom Hanks ad libbed the line “My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump,” and it turned out to be a line used in the film. This is because Robert Zemmeckis who was the director loved it so much that he allowed it to be used.

16. Thank You Very Much…

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Elvis Presley voice was provided by Kurt Russell. According to some sources, Kurt Russell was never recognized for the voice. This is very frustrating especially since the movie was a success in the market.

15. Tourists Make Excellent Reporters…

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When Tom Hanks visited Washington DC after his visit from Vietnam, there was a scene that had a reporter. The reporter was not an actor. He was a tourist who had gone visiting together with his wife. He was just given the script and asked to read which he did perfectly.

14. Those Aren’t Blue Leggings…

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In the scene where Gary Sinise had no legs, a distinctive blue fabric had been covered on his legs which made it easy to digitally remove them.

13.  The Actual Footage…

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The actual footage of Sammy L. Davis being awarded a medal of honor by President Lyndon Johnson was used for Forrest’s medal ceremony. Forrest’s head was put on top of or superimposed on Davis’ body digitally and that made the scene appear more real.

12. Quote The Truth Where You Find it…

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The line used by Forrest Gump during the famed run on the silver screen was inspired by a sixteen year old boy who ran to San Francisco from New Jersey as a way of supporting the American Cancer Society. The inspired line was: “I just put one foot in front of the other,” it goes. “When I get tired I sleep. When I get hungry I eat. When I have to go to the bathroom, I go.”

11. His Daddy’s Named Forest, Too…

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Haley Joel Osment acted as Forrest and Jenny’s son. He acted amazingly and most people who watched the movie liked him. The most amazing and surprising thing is that this was his first fim performance yet he aced it.

10. Iced Shrimp…

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Mykelti Williamson acted as Bubba who was Forrest’s friend, whom he met after joining the army. This role had been given to Ice Cube and Dave Chappelle- who turned it down. They later on acknowledged that they thought the film was a joke and it was bound to fail,but when it succeeded, they regretted not accepting the role.

9. A Long Day…

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Robin Wright was having a very bad cold when she was performing a scene in a night club. Despite this, she was able sing her own song during a shoot that took twenty four hours nonstop. In addition, she was holding a guitar and was nearly naked.

8. Running With A Cold…

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Tom Hanks was suffering from influenza when he shot the football running scene.

7. Picture Perfect…

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Norman Rockwell painting “Girl with a Black Eye” inspired the scene where Gump seats on a bench waiting for his mother to talk to the principal.

6. The Bench That Got Benched…

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The bench that Gump sat on most parts of the movie was in Georgia, at Chippewa square. Since then, it is has been removed and put in a museum to avoid damage from unfavorable weather. Up to today, the form has been in the historical savanna museum.

5. Character Differences…

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The film differs extensively from the original version of the novel. This is in terms of both character and turn of events. For example, Gump is naive and reflexive unlike in the novel. This can be clearly seen in the chocolate scene.

4. The Doors…

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The band that was performing in the movie was called The Doors. Unlike other bands, it had more than six songs which were awesome and loved by most viewers.

3. Family Bus Ride…

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Among the kids who greeted Gump with ridicule on the school bus, were Tom Hanks’ daughter Elizabeth and Alexander son to Zemmeckis the director.

2. The Book…

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After the success story of the Forrest Gump movie, the writer of Forrest Gump novel decided to write another novel that focusas a result of the movie. The novel was called Gump & Co.

1. A Brotherly Double…

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In many ofTom Hanks’ running sequences, his younger brother Jim Hanks is said to have doubled for him. This is surprising since they don’t look really alike or identical.

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Jenny’s Real Last Name…

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Jenny’s last name is Curran. It is funny that she was never addressed by her last name the entire movie.

Tom Hank’s Accent Inspiration…

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Tom Hank’s accent was inspired by Michael Conner Humphrey’s. When he was given the role of Forest, he was reluctant to using the accent. However, contrary to what was expected, he did a great job using that accent.

He Signed On After Reading This…

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With the excellent acting that Tom Hanks portrays, one would think he took several hours or even days reading the script. However, it took him only one and a half hours after reading the script to sign into the movie.

Historical Precision Clause…

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Tom Hanks only agreed to participate in the film on a condition that the movie was historically precise.

Emotion Plays A Role…

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According to some sources, Tom Hanks confessed that there are times that he got really emotional when casting the movie.

An Oscar Worthy Performance…

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Tom Hanks had won an Oscar award in the year 1994 which was his first award. After the release of Forrest Gump, he still won an award which is very rare for a person to win two Oscars in a row.

Cast In Savannah…

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Most parts of the movie were cast in Savannah, Georgia. However some of the episodes were cast in South Carolina, Fripp Island and also the hunting island. This enabled the movie to look historical and also easy to relate to.

600 Million In Profits…

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According to some sources, the movie was able to get $600million, however by the year 1994; it had not made any profits.

R.I.P Jenny…

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Jenny who was the lover and wife to Forrest was born in the year 1945. She later died in the year 1982.

Mykelti Williamson’s Dilemma…

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Mykelti Williamson claims that he could not get any opportunities to act in other films after acting in the Forrest Gump movie. This is because other directors thought the directors of Forrest Gump had just asked a random guy in the street to act as Bubba.

Chappelle Disputed Rumors…

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Some sources say that Dave Chappelle had auditioned for the role of Bubba. However, this is not known by facts. Dave Chappelle once attended the daily show in the year 1999. In this show, he said that he was not a fan of the movie since according to him; he could not understand how Forrest Gump could out do him in acting.

Corner Chooses Career…

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Michael Corner acted as Forrest Gump at his young age. He aced the performance and it would be expected that he would continue with his acting career. However, he joined the army and dropped the acting career.

Only American Music…

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All the songs that were played in the movie were from American Bands. This was according to the directors not a coincidence. The directors say that Gump would not have accepted anything that was non American.

About 15 Dr Peppers…

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When Forrest met JFK, he says he was so thirsty rather than hungry. He says he drank 15 Dr.Peppers.

From Book To Movie…

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Warner brothers are said to have bought the rights to cast the movie Forrest Gump, when the real book Forrest Gump was still a script.

The Real Necklace…

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L.T Dan is seen to wear a necklace in most parts of the movie. The necklace is said to have been worn in Vietnam by the brother in law of Gary Sinese. It was therefore one with value and not just from any shop.

The Gump Home…

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The house which was acted in as Forrest Gump’s home is no longer in existence. It was demolished after casting of the movie. Therefore, one cannot find it where the movie depicts it to be.

The Bus Stops Here…

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The scene that shows a bus stop was shot in Chippewa Square in Savannah.

Bus Traffic Flow…

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The movie depicts traffic around the square. In order for the bus door to open, traffic flow had to be reversed.

Bubba Gump Shrimp…

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Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant was never in existence before 1996. It was opened after the release of Forrest Gump movie. It has henceforth, developed even to an extent of having branches in various places.

Scripts That Went Un-Used…

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Initially, Groom was the one writing the script for the movie. However, his scripts were never used since other writers such as Erick Roth were asked to write the full script.

The Famous Hurricane Scene…

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The famous Port Royal S.C Ports Authority was used for the boat hurricane scene.

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The original book written by Winston Groom was written in the year 1986. When the book hit the market, only 30,000 copies of the book managed to sell. However, after the release of the movie Forrest Gump, 1.6 million books were sold out. This is very surprising but it clearly shows that the movie got a lot of viewers who loved it and in return bought the book.

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According to statistics done after the release of the movie, there were as many negative critics as the positive critics. Some people thought it was a great movie and thus gave positive critics while others thought it was an outdated movie meant for the aging generation. This is however expected in every movie.

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In the movie, Dan is seen to invest Gump’s money into a company which is apparently Apple Company. The movie does not tell exactly how much money was invested. However, if Forrest Gump would have left his investments in Apple Company, the stock would have earned him some million dollars.

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According to director Robert Zemeckis, the movie was to be released with sounds of clinking coins. However, the movie was released to the theatres without the sounds. This was without Robert’s approval. However, a new version of the movie was to be edited such that what the directors wished for the movie would come to be.

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After more than twenty years, a new and edited version of Forrest Gump hit the studios. This was music to the ears of the lovers of Forrest Gump. Those that dint get to watch it at first got the chance to watch it again.

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Basing on some reviews done on the movie, there is a rumor that the movie was initially done as an advertisement for Trump who was to run for presidency. However, when he did not run for the post, the movie was reviewed and edited to look like a movie narrating a story.

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A lot of special effects were used during the movie. This enabled Forrest to be seen meeting various presidents who have already been assassinated. This makes the movie appear more real and easy to relate to.

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The feather seen to float from the beginning of the movie has a lot of meanings. It was white to show the innocence that Forrest Gump had and his enthusiasm to do anything or achieve anything he wants no matter the difficulties. It also symbolized the quote on chocolates that was mentioned by the mom.

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Some sources say that the feather falling next to Gump’s foot was a sign of all the hardships he had gone through. In the beginning of the movie, he is seen to have a problem with the foot and thus he thought he could not run. However he is seen running as the movie continues. The feather was therefore used to show that he had managed to overcome all difficulties.

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Some sources say that the feather falling next to Gump’s foot was a sign of all the hardships he had gone through. In the beginning of the movie, he is seen to have a problem with the foot and thus he thought he could not run. However he is seen running as the movie continues. The feather was therefore used to show that he had managed to overcome all difficulties.

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According to the University of Michigan, the movie was able to make historical events easier to relate to and thus it was of great value.