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Tom Hanks didn’t want to do Forest Gump because of the character’s uniqueness and came to think that no one would see the film.

Robert Zemeckis’ Forest Gump was a real success and won six Oscars

At the time of the award, in 1994, Forest Gump It became the second highest-grossing film of that year in the United States, with a gross of over 678 million and full industry approval. The feature film received no less than 6 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Zemeckis, Best Leading Actor for Tom Hanksand a better view.

With a script by Eric Roth based substantially on the source material – Winston-Groom’s 1986 novel Abnormal – the film captivated audiences and today stands as a feature that audiences enjoy revisiting. However, when Hanks turned down the role offered after John Travolta (his first choice) turned down the role, the actor was completely upset when he read Roth’s script and, somewhat bewildered, transferred his concerns to Robert Zemeckis. This was announced by the Oscar winner in an event organized by The New Yorker, which was reported by Deadline.

Forest gump was released in 1994 and became the second blockbuster movie of that year, after the lion king.

Forest Gump was released in 1994 and became the second blockbuster movie of that year, after The Lion King.

“I said to Bob (Zemeckis), ‘Listen, I have a question for you; Is anyone going to care about this movie?” Hanks recalled his initial conversation with the director, to whom he expressed doubts about the film’s potential; especially in each of the characters, which the protagonist did not like. “We have this guy sitting on this bench in these funny shoes and a suit with a suitcase full of books and stuff like that,” Hanks told the filmmaker.

On the other hand, the actor, who just won his first prize from the Hollywood Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Philadelphia, felt that Forest Gump would be a film understood by the audience. “Are we doing something that anyone will understand?” he said at the time. He said that Zemeckis was not at all flattering that he shared his experiences. “He said to me: ‘It is a little boy, let us sow the seeds of our destruction. We could take any step to hit the bomb.”

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Both the actor and the director eventually went through with the plan, and the following year he received his own Oscar. In 2020, Hanks had already revealed that with studio Paramount he had decided not to send Zemecki’s “jump genre” movies to the United States “because it was too expensive” to make them himself. “The studio said, ‘We can’t afford it, you’re not going to do it,'” Hanks recalled. “And Bob said, ‘There’s too much film to cut, we can make this work.'” And they said, “You can’t.”

Tom hanks and robin wright in forest gump

Tom Hanks and Robin Wright in Forest Gump

At that point, Hanks and Zemeckis joined forces. “Bob said, ‘This race costs so many dollars,’ and it wasn’t cheap. ‘You and I split the same amount,'” the actor recalled. Hanks agreed, and he and Zemeckis made a deal in which the two would receive profits for “kindness” and in exchange, Paramount would share some of the profits with the two, who collaborated again on the films Castaway, Polar Express and Pinocchio.

The anger of Tom Hanks in Cannes

Tom hanks and his wife rita wilson, in full discussion with members of the festival delegation, before the asteroid city screening.

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, in full discussion with one of the festival staff before the screening of Asteroid City – Credits: @ANTONIN THUILLIER

On Tuesday, the actor made headlines when Rita Wilson and his wife had an argument with one of the directors. 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival and the images went around the world. Although the protagonists denied the situation, the actor’s absence at the press conference of Asteroids, the Wes Anderson film in which Hanks is a part, did nothing but stir the hornet’s nest.

“Tom Hanks leaving the photo stick on” Asteroid City after being a supporter of the Cannes Film Festival which have been shared in the media. The absence of the actor was immediately connected with incident that Hanks and his wife experienced Tuesday night while appearing on the red carpet. In the pictures you can see them talking with one of the organizers of the festival; an event that generated all the rumors that were eventually refuted by Wilson.

The actress and festival worker came out to explain what happened on the red carpet

The actress and festival worker came out to explain what happened on the red carpet – Credits: @VALERY HACHE

“It is said: “I cannot hear you. The people are crying. What do you say? Where are we supposed to go?” Hanks’ wife wrote on Instagram her account of the capture that has been circulating in the last few hours. “But stories don’t sell! Nice try… Vincent’s chaplaina staff member who was filmed by the cameras gave a shout out to the actress’ version. “They already asked me if I had to go back to the beginning of the tape with the rest of the film and with the screaming of the photographers, I had to speak clearly.” explained the employee, who has worked for more than a decade in the organization of the French festival.

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