THEN AND NOW: What The Stars Of Forrest Gump Are Today?
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Forrest Gump was the biggest film of 1994, winning six Oscars and forever establishing a box of chocolates as one of the most mysterious objects in the known universe … But what happened to the cast who made Gump such a smash?
While hard to believe, it’s been almost 23 years since “Forrest Gump” was released. Before July 6, 1994, we didn’t have handy dessert-box metaphors for life, we didn’t feel emotionally compelled to urge people to run and we didn’t have half as many inspirations for ways to cook shrimp.
Most of the actors from the Oscar-winning film have continued to have successful careers (and even hang out together!), while others have disappeared from the pop culture map. Here’s what the “Forrest Gump” cast is up to now:
AND, Here are some FUN fact you might not know:
When Forrest gets up to talk at the Vietnam rally in Washington, the microphone plug is pulled and you cannot hear him. According to Tom Hanks, he says, “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.”
Tom Hanks was not paid for this film. Instead, he took percentage points which ultimately netted him in the region of forty million dollars.
The line, “My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump,” was ad libbed by Tom Hanks while filming the scene, and director Robert Zemeckis liked it so much that he decided to keep it in.
With every transition of Forrest’s age, one thing remains the same. In the first scene of each transition, he wears a blue plaid shirt.
Tom Hanks’ younger brother, Jim Hanks, doubled for him in many of his numerous running sequences.
When Forrest first learns to play ping-pong in the infirmary, he is told the trick is to “keep his eye on the ball” by another soldier. After that moment, whenever he is shown playing ping-pong, he never blinks.
During the ping-pong matches, there was no ball; it was entirely CGI, animated to meet the actors’ paddles.
The running scene was inspired by an actual event. In 1982, Louis Michael Figueroa, aged 16, ran from New Jersey to San Francisco for the American Cancer Society, unknowingly inspiring a line for Forrest Gump’s famous run on the silver screen. “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.”
When Jenny is throwing stones at the house where she grew up, she suddenly collapses onto the ground in front of the house. The image of Jenny on the ground is almost identical to that captured in the famous Andrew Wyeth painting, Christina’s World.
The Dr. Pepper scene was shot a total of seven times. Each time Tom gave forth louder to loudest and unusually loud burps, to which Zemekis comments to Hanks, and Hanks responds with, ” “Bob, just be glad they aren’t coming out the other end.”
Forrest’s awards and decorations, as worn in his Class A uniform are: the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Infantry Shoulder Cord, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Badge (probably for rifle), and Meritorious Unit Commendation.
The pair of shoes that Jenny gives to Forrest as a gift were Nike’s 1974 Cortez running shoes. Tom Hanks wore a similar pair of Nike shoes (white with red swoosh) in The Man With One Red Shoe (1985).
The first boy in the school bus who refuses to let Forrest sit next to him is Robert Zemeckis’ son, Alexander Zemeckis:
After Forrest finishes speaking to Jenny’s grave, a flock of birds flies over head. Harkening back to Jenny’s prayer: “Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far, far away from here.”
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