Life is like a box of chocolates… or so said Forrest Gump, the beloved Tom hanks character who seduced moviegoers in 1994 with his southern charm and folkloric proverbs transmitted by his mother (Sally’s Field).
Based on the novel by Winston Groom, Forrest Gump released in theaters less than four months after Hanks won an Oscar for his performance in the 1993s Philadelphia cream. In 1995, the Captain Phillips The star won his second Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Gump, becoming the second actor in history to win the trophy two years in a row.
The film also won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects and Best Editing, and was nominated in seven other categories. “I feel like I’m standing on magical legs in a special effects processing plan that’s too amazing to imagine and way too expensive to perform,” Hanks said in his acceptance speech. “But here is my brand, and this is where I’m supposed to be looking. And believe me, the power, the fun and the emotion of this moment are a constant at the speed of light.
Forrest Gump told the story of a young man of the same name who inadvertently witnessed tons of important events in American history while pursuing a career in the military and later as a shrimp trader in the Gulf of Mexico. Over the course of the film, Gump meets three presidents, attends Watergate, spends time with the Black Panthers, fights in the Vietnam War, inspires John Lennon to write “Imagine” and teaches Elvis Presley to dance.
“It was an absolute roll of the dice”, Hanks Told USA today of the movie in 2019. “It’s a really crazy and unique movie without a doubt. And it’s a movie where the big moments that resonate are going to change depending on when you watch it.
While Hanks’ performance was one of the highlights of the film, he has since become known for his many quotable lines: “Stupid is as stupid do” and so on. In an interview in 2015 with Graham Norton, the Large the star said “Run Forrest, Run!” was one of the most common things fans would shout at him when they met him on the street until Castaway created in 2000.
“Now they’re just screaming, ‘WILSON!’,” He joked. “Obviously ‘Wilson’ is a universal language word [so] they don’t bother to dub it into other languages. So it’s in Hindi, it’s in Japanese, in Chinese.
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