In 1994, Forrest Gump was released in cinemas across the United States. The film about the simple, yet lucky and kindhearted man named Forrest quickly became a hit and even won six Academy Awards.
It's hard to believe that it's been nearly 25 years since this beloved film was released. I'm sure I'm not the only one who still watches it every year when I need cheering up.
There's no line as iconic as Tom Hanks' "Life is like a box of chocolates." So of course, I was ecstatic to share these amazing facts which show just how special the movie really was.
I can bet at least one of these will surprise you. Here are 10 facts you never knew about Forrest Gump.
1. Tom Hanks was not the first choice for Forrest Gump.
It's true. The film's director originally wanted John Travolta for the role but he turned it down. It was then offered to both Chevy Chase and Bill Murray but neither of them were interested. Finally, the director agreed on Tom Hanks who I think was the perfect choice. Somehow, I can't see Bill Murray running like Hanks did.
2. Kurt Russell had an uncredited part in the film
Kurt Russell later claimed he was the voice of Elvis Presley in the film but was never credited. We can believe it though, since he played Elvis in a 1979 TV movie.
3. The Vietnam scene had actual dialogue
Remember when Forrest tried to give a speech about the war in Washington DC but couldn't because the microphone plug was pulled? It turned out the scene had actual dialogue. Hanks later said the speech went like, "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."