A Hollywood classic, “Forrest Gump” is one of those movies where for people that have seen it, they’ve probably seen it multiple times. Tom Hanks stars in this fictional recollection of an American hero throughout his life and all of the incredible things he did despite being considered slow. For fans of this American film standby, here are 50 things that you might not have known about the successful movie and its production.
Almost Not Tom
Tom Hanks wasn’t the first choice to play the historical role of Forrest Gump. Instead, he was the fourth choice with John Travolta being the top pick. After Travolta turned down the role, it was Bill Murray and Chevy Chase that also turned down offers. Thankfully, Hanks eventually became Forrest Gump, and it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role.
And Almost Not Bubba
Forrest’s friend that he meets in the Vietnam War, Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue, was a role that wasn’t first offered to Mykelti Williamson. Instead, David Alan Grier, Ice Cube and Dave Chappelle were all offered the role. Ice Cube turned it down harshly, saying he didn’t want to play someone disabled and thought the movie would be a financial disaster. As for Chappelle, he says he wishes he would have taken the role.