Life is like a box of chocolates … or so says Forrest Gump, the beloved Tom HanksCharacter who won over moviegoers with his Southern charme and folky proverbs passed down by his mother in 1994Sally Field).
Based on Winston Groom’s novel Forrest Gump hit theaters less than four months after Hanks won an Oscar for his performance in 1993’s Philadelphia. In 1995, the Captain PhillipsHe won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Gump, his second Academy Award. He is the only actor to win the trophy twice in his career.
The film was nominated for seven other categories, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. “I feel as though I’m standing on magic legs in a special effects process shot that is too unbelievable to imagine and far too costly to make a reality,” Hanks said during his acceptance speech. “But here is my mark, and there is where I’m supposed to look. And believe me, the power and the pleasure and the emotion of this moment is a constant the speed of light.”
Forrest GumpThe story of a young man of that name, who inadvertently witnessed many important events in American History while pursuing a career as an army officer and later as a captain on a shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico. Over the course of the film, Gump meets three presidents, witnesses Watergate, hangs out with the Black Panthers, fights in the Vietnam War, inspires John Lennon to write “Imagine” and teaches Elvis Presley how to dance.
“It was an absolute crapshoot,” Hanks told USA Today2019 version of the movie. “It’s a really crazy, unique motion picture without a doubt. And it’s a movie in which the great moments that resonate are going to change depending on when you’re watching it.”
While Hanks’ performance was one of the film’s highlights, it’s since become known for its many quotable lines: “Stupid is as stupid does” and the like. In 2015, Hanks was interviewed by Graham NortonThe Big star said that “Run Forrest, run!” was one of the most common things fans shouted at him when meeting him on the street until Cast AwayIt was premiered in 2000.
“Now they just yell, ‘WILSON!’” he joked. “Evidently ‘Wilson’ is a universal language word [so] they don’t bother dubbing it into any other languages. So it’s in Hindi, it’s in Japanese, Chinese.”
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