October 2, 2020

Tom Hanks Paid for Some of 'Forrest Gump' Out of Pocket and it Paid Off

Tom Hanks got more than an Academy Award for his performance…

Making movies is a precarious thing. You often go over budget, you’ve got to find a way to get your hands on the money you need to finish production. That’s the situation that Forrest Gump was in at Paramount. The movie needed some extra cash and Paramount would not open up the purse strings.

Speaking on In Depth With Graham Bensinger for an interview, Tom Hanks said that he and director Robert Zemeckis both paid for scenes to be shot in the movie when the studio would not cough up the money.

What scenes wouldn’t the studio pay for? One of the scenes was the classic run across the country that Gump does in the middle of the film.

As a Gump fan, I can tell you this is one of the more fantastic parts of the movie. He invents the smiley face and “shit happens!”

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Source: NoFilmSchool