Forrest Gump is 27 years old this year and is still a classic movie loved by many worldwide. It won several awards such as the Academy Awards for Best Actor for Tom Hanks, best-adapted Screenplay, etc.
The young Tom Hanks plays the gentle-natured Gump, who has a disability causing him to be naïve and vulnerable. It is a romantic movie starring Robin Wright as Gump’s love interest. It’s a heart-warming tale of the life of Forrest Gump as he navigates the world.
Tom Hanks Made a Smart Move
Tom Hanks had a performance pay contract agreement with the director of the movie Robert Zemeckis. This agreement meant that Hanks was paid for his role instead of agreeing to a percentage of the film earnings.
The investment turned out to be worth it, with the movie bringing in more than 677 million. Tom Hanks made an excellent move for his career, winning his second ‘Best Academy Actor Award’ for his portrayal of Forrest Gump.
The Ping-Pong Diplomacy Scene
The ping pong scene was a computer-generated illusion; Tom Hanks was hitting the air. It was one of the most significant scenes as it showed how Forest had gained fame and popularity amongst his comrades in his time in the army.
It was a historical reference to the “ping pong diplomacy’ a method used by President Nixon. Forrest Gump never blinks when he plays because he was told by another soldier to “Keep his eye on the ball,” which he took literally.
John Travolta was Busy
A well-known actor was approached to take on the role of Forrest Gump. John Travolta turned down the role because he was filming another movie, but Travolta didn’t have any regrets since it turned out to be a masterpiece.
The film was Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. The film shot Travolta back into the limelight and made him a sought-after actor. Pulp Fiction wouldn’t have been the same without Travolta.
Sally Field Was Too Young
Forest Gump’s mother was played by actress Sally Field, who had previously played Tom Hanks’s love interest in Punchline. Fields was ten years older than Hanks and was made to look much older with the help of makeup and a grey wig.
It must have dented Fields ego to be asked to play the mother of Hanks character when she previously played his love interest. Sally Fields did an outstanding job playing Forrest Gump’s mother throughout his life in the movie.
A More Serious Role
Tom Hanks’s portrayal of Forrest Gump was a perfect match, and he brought the character to life. The success of the movie and acting in a more serious dramatic movie led Hanks to gain more lead roles in different genres.
Hanks was already a big deal in Hollywood, but the movie led to him being cast in several films such as Saving Private Ryan, directed by Spielberg, and The Toy Story franchise. Tom Hanks is one of the most loved actors of all time.
The Symbolic Meaning Behind the Shirt
In the movie, Forrest Gump wore a checkered shirt throughout his life; he wore it as a child, a teenager, and as an adult. How did the shirt still fit, you might ask? Well, the shirt was different each time and intended to mean something in the film.
It symbolized sticking with something once it fits you, and that’s what Gump did. Once Gump likes something, he stuck to it; in fact, at the end of the movie, Forrest Gump Jr is also wearing a checkered shirt just like his father.
Close Your Eyes And Pretend To Be Normal
Every picture that was taken of Forrest throughout the movie showed him with his eyes closed. Tom Hanks and the director decided to add this trait to his character. It was ultimately Hanks’s decision to keep closing his eyes when photos were taken.
Hanks believed that by closing his eyes, he showed how Forrest was trying to appear normal. Hanks built upon the character of Gump and was involved in adding details to the movie, which made Gump truly a part of Hanks.
The Wright Way To Go
Robin Wright played Forrest’s childhood friend Jenny. She was nominated for the Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe. Before Forrest Gump, she was known for her role as Kelly Capwell in Santa Barbara, a daytime show on NBC.
After Forest Gump, Wright starred in House of Cards, a series that aired on Netflix, for which she earned $500,00 per episode. Other actresses turned down the role as Jenny, such as Demi Moore and Nicole Kidman, luckily for Wright as she was cast instead.
Two Hanks In One Movie
It isn’t unusual for actors to have a doubled in some scenes, but Tom Hanks double was a family member who shared many similarities with Tom. The double was none other than Jim Hanks, who was Tom’s younger brother.
Jim Hanks was a gifted runner, which was very handy for the running scenes in the movie. They also have a similar voice. Jim has doubled for Tom in video games for Toy Story and is mostly available to step in for his older brother.
We Can’t Hear You Forrest
One of the key scenes in the movie is when Forrest makes friends with Abbie Hoffman when visiting Washington D.C. Hoffman is an activist and invites Forrest to make a speech at the anti-war protest about his experience in Vietnam.
Nobody can hear Forrest speaking because the microphone wasn’t plugged in. Forrest’s speech was, “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”
My name is Forrest Gump
One of the most loved lines in the movie is when Forrest says- “My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump” Tom Hanks added this gem to the script, and director Robbert Zemeckis decided to keep it in the movie.
Hanks is a fan of James Bond. “They call me Bond, James Bond.” Unlike Bond, Forrest is an endearing and straightforward character who wears his heart on his sleeve when interacting with people.
Forrest Gump Jr. Was Adorable
Haley Joel Osment was a popular child actor in the 90s and was cast as Forrest Gump Jr. The role skyrocketed his career as a child actor. Osment was six years old when he landed the role in the award-winning movie.
Osment was interviewed and asked what it was like working with Tom Hanks and said Tom was “a great first cinema Dad.” Haley starred in many movies, such as The Sixth Sense, a supernatural psychology thriller starring Bruce Willis and Toni Collete.
How A Tourist Got A Job
Forrest Gump went to D.C Washington to receive his medal of honor and was interviewed by a reporter. However, it was not just any reporter; it was a tourist who was visiting Washington and was asked to read the script.
The tourist was visiting from Atlanta and was on holiday with his wife when he got asked spontaneously to read the script; he did such a great job, the director was impressed and hired him to read it in the movie.
Lieutentant Dan Taylor
Lieutenant Dan Taylor was injured in the Vietnam war and lost both of his legs, making him a double amputee. However, Gary Sinise, who played Taylor, wasn’t an amputee in real life. Computerized Special effects were used to remove Sinise’s legs digitally.
Taylor was shown in the movie before he was wounded and again in the movie as a double amputee. Taylor wore blue-colored fabric on his legs so Ken Ralston, who was a special-effects supervisor, could digitally remove Taylor’s legs from the scenes.
Sammy Davis Received A Medal
Real footage of Sammy Davis receiving a Medal of Honor from President Lyndon B Johnson was used in the movie, making it realistic when Forrest received his Medal. It was with the assistance of the special effects team again to make the scene happen.
They digitally placed Hanks’s head onto Davis’s body to make the scene realistic. Sammy Davis joined the army in 1965 and was assigned to the 4th Artillery following his father’s footsteps. Davis asked to be sent to Vietnam and, in 1968, was awarded the medal of honor.
You Have A Friend In Me
A few actors turned down the role of Bubba, Forrest Gumps best friend in the movie. Ice Cube turned down the role as he didn’t want to portray a character like Buba. Dave Chappelle also declined the offer to play Bubba.
The role went to Mykelti Williamson, and the other actors regretted turning down the role in the award-winning film. They had underestimated how successful the movie would become. However, Ice Cube and Chappelle went on to have successful careers anyway.
Kurt Russell Sounds Like Elvis
Kurt Russell sounded like Elvis and gave the impression of Elvis in the movie. Although Russell didn’t receive credit for the part, how similar he sounded to Elvis didn’t go unnoticed. Russell had previously starred as the king of rock, so it was a perfect choice.
Russell played in a TV film called Elvis in 1979 and received an Emmy nomination for his performance as the king of rock. Kurt’s impression of Elvis was very similar, and he was the obvious choice to take on the role in Forrest Gump.
Homage To A Real Hero
There was a line in the movie“ I put one foot in front of the other. When I get tired I sleep. When I get hungry I eat. When I have to go to the bathroom I go,” was said by a 16-year-old boy who ran from New Jersey to San Francisco in support of the American Cancer Society.
Michael Figueroa had promised a ten-year-old boy who was suffering from cancer that he would run for him. The run took him 60 days, and he was the fastest and youngest runner in America. He ran again for his brother, who was diagnosed with AIDs.
Robin Wright Was A Trooper
Robin Wright, who played Jenny Curran, was feeling ill but continued regardless. The scene featured Wright naked, holding a guitar, and took almost 24 hours to film. The scene was one of the most heartbreaking in the movie because Jenny’s dreams were crushed.
Wright got to play a song she wrote herself in the movie. It wasn’t a hit for her character, though. Jenny got hackled by the audience, but Gump comes to her rescue. Even though her childhood friend was there, Jenny was devasted and embarrassed by the reaction she received.
The Football Running Scene
Tom Hanks was feeling unwell, but it’s hard to call in sick when you are an actor. Hanks was suffering from the flu when he still had to shoot a scene, and it wasn’t an easy scene to film either as he had to run through a football field.
Tom Hanks managed to power through and shoot the scene like a champion as his brother could not stand in for him that day. The scene was up close, and it would have been noticeable it was Jim, so Tom had no choice but to power through like a professional.
The Girl With A Black Eye
The scene in the movie where Forrest waits outside the principal’s office was inspired by a painting called “Girl with a Black Eyes” by artist Norman Rockwell. In 1953 the painting was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
Rockwell was no noob. It was his 277th painting that was published in the Saturday Evening Post. The model was Mary Whelan, who ended up featuring on three other Saturday Evening Post covers. According to Rockwell, Whelan was the best model he had ever worked with.
Lets Just Buy The Bench
The bench that Forres set on with a box of chocolates was an iconic part of the movie. The producer decided to buy the bench as they wanted the perfect bench for the scenes. The bench was a novelty amongst fans of the movie and went to auction in 2013.
The bench was a significant part of the movie, and when it went to auction, it sold for $25,000. The town squares scenes where Gump sat were filmed in Chippewa Square. The scenes were kept authentic as possible due to the producer’s decision to film it in Georgia.
The Film Was Different Than The Novel
The movie is based on a book written by Winston Groom; there are some notable differences between Forest Gump in the movie and the book. Grooms description of Forrest describes him as 6’6 and 240lbs, and Forrest eventually becomes an astronaut in the book.
In reality, Tom Hanks is much shorter; Hanks generally plays a naïve, impulsive, and more passive Forrest. It’s hard to imaging Forrest Gump any other way than how Tom Hanks portrays him.
The Music Was Important In The Movie
Director Robert Zemeckis was a big fan of Jim Morrison and the Doors, an American rock band from Los Angeles. The band has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, and Zemeckis felt their music was ideal for the movie.
Zemeckis picked six of the band’s songs to play throughout the movie; the band’s sound set the atmosphere and mood in the movie. It’s hard to imagine what the movie would be like without the Doors soundtrack. Thankfully, Zemeckis had good taste in music.
A Family Reunion On Set
The school bus scene where Forrest Gump was made fun of featured children related to some on the set. Zemeckis Son Alexandra was on the bus alongside Tom Hanks’s daughter Elizabeth. Hanks’s daughter has moved away from acting and now has a career in writing.
Elisabeth has worked at Vanity Fair magazine and was an associate editor with The Huffington Post. She has also written for some top magazines, such as the New York Times. Unlike her brother Colin Hanks who followed his father’s footsteps into acting.
Groom Wrote Another Book
Winston Grooms published another book; it was the sequel to Forrest Gump and was called Gump and Co. After the first book’s success, Grooms might have thought the second book would be another hit movie.
It was later adapted into a screenplay by Eric Roth in 2001. However, the sequel never came to fruition. Larry King called the novel “the funniest novel I ever read.” Groom included grammatical errors and spelling mistakes to remind the reader of Gump’s lack of education.
Jenny Had a Last Name
Robin Wrights’s character Jenny’s second name was never mentioned throughout the whole film in the movie. However, there were scenes where her name was written down, such as on an envelope Forrest mailed to her, so we know she had one.
It was also visible on the mailbox of her childhood home; her second name was Curran. It wasn’t hidden in the movie as it was also on the letters delivered to Gump in the hospital, but it was never mentioned like Forrest’s name throughout the movie.
The Director Loved The Mississippi Accent
That’s right, Zemeckis wasn’t sure what he would have Gumps accent sound like until he heard Michael Connor Humphreys speak. Humphrey had a strong Mississippi accent and played Gump as a child.
It was the reason why Zemeckis decided that Tom Hanks should speak with the same accent because he loved how it sounded. Humphrey had originally struggled to make his accent sound like Hanks, so Hanks decided he would talk like the boy instead.
When You Know, You Know
The film’s producer Steve Starkey only wanted Hanks for the part of Gump and said, “ We sent the script to Tom Hanks because he was the only one who could play it, about an hour and a half, after he started reading it, Tom called and said, “I’m in.”
He then went on to say, “From that point on, we knew we could get the movie made” Tom Hanks was certainly the perfect actor in the role of Forrest Gump, It’s hard to imagine who could have played the part so well if Hanks had of rejected it.
The History Buff And The Demands
Tom Hanks is a history buff and agreed to star in the movie only if the historical events were accurate. The film features some important moments in history in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. It featured the presidential ping pong scenes and the Black Panther Party.
It also featured the Watergate scandal, among others. There were famous figures in the movie, Elvis, President JFK, and Hank wanted it to be authentic as possible. Hanks previously sought the help of director Steven Spielberg who was also a history nerd.
The Film Was a Tearjerker
Tom Hanks admitted the emotional scenes in the movie made him cry, such as the scene where LT Dan, who had titanium legs, introduced Forrest to his wife. The film was an emotional journey, and understandable, Hanks was touched by some of the scenes.
Producer Wendy Finerman said it beautifully, “I don’t want to sound like a bad version of ‘the child within.’ But the childlike innocents of Forrest Gimp is what we all once had. It’s an emotional journey. You laugh and cry. It does what movies are supposed to do: make you feel alive.”
Forrest Gump Took All The Awards
The film won five Academy Awards in categories, Best Picture, Best Director. Best Visual Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. It didn’t stop there; it was nominated for seven Golden Globes Awards and won three.
It wasn’t just the film that got awards; Tom Hanks was won an Oscar in 1994 for his performance of Forrest Gump. Overall the film was a huge success and was watched and loved worldwide.
Where The Film Was Shot
The movie was shot in several locations, including Savannah, Georgia, South Carolina, and Fripp Island, and Hunting Island. The idea was to give the film a realistic and historical feel. Oceana Creek Golf course on Fripp Island was used as a backdrop for some iconic scenes.
It was used for the Vietnam war scenes, Bubba and Lieutenant Dan marched with Gump through the forest, and special effects were used to add the mountain background in Fripp Island Maritime Forest.
It Took Awhile To Become A Hit
When the film was first released, it resulted in a $62 million loss for Paramount Pictures, which extended the original budget of $55 million. It was due to the high pay of the directors and the lead, Tom Hanks. However, things turned around for Paramount pictures.
Forrest Gump went on to make a profit of $678 million when it became a worldwide hit. The high paycheque of the Director and the lead actor was worth the investment. It takes some sacrifices at the beginning to make a truly excellent movie.
At The Mercy Of The Wind
The opening scene of the film is with a feather floating through the air. There are many theories as to what it could mean or symbolize. It has been suggested that it could represent Forrest Gump’s gentle and wondering nature.
Like a feather, Forrest is floating through life at the mercy of the wind. The famous line about the chocolates seems to back up this theory “ My mom always says life was like a box of chocolates you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Myketlti Williamsons Prosthetic Lip
Myketlti Williamson, who played Bubba in the movie, had to wear a prop. Williamson wore a prosthetic lip to create his character lip deformity. The prosthetic lip device was so realistic that it caused Williamson some issues in real life.
Williamson had trouble getting cast after the movie because he wasn’t as recognized with his prosthetic lip, and he wasn’t recognized as the actor who played in over ten parts before the film. Finally, he managed to land roles in Heat and Con Air.
Dave Chappelle Didn’t Like Forrest Gump
Dave Chappelle let his feelings known about what he thought of Forrest Gump; he joked on the Daily Show that he thought Forrest Gump, with his low IQ, was a better actor. The comedian has got an IQ score of 185.
Chappelle expressed some negative feelings to Stewart on the show about the film. It angered him to see a man with a mental disability get so far in life when non-disabled people struggle so much. Fortunately, Chappelle didn’t act in Forrest Gump.
Humphrey Decided To Join The Army
Michael Conner Humphreys’ only acted in one film, and that was Forrest Gump. In 1993 Humphrey went to an open casting in Memphis, Tennessee, and got the part as young Forrest Gump. Humphrey was the perfect fit for the role, and the producers spotted it as soon as they had seen him.
Humphrey was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his performance in the movie, he was a talented actor, but he decided to quit acting. He determined acting wasn’t for him and went on to join the army instead.
Forest Wanted American Music
It seems fitting that all the songs in the film were by American Artists, considering how patriotic Forrest was in the film. The music was featured in the film went from #34 to #7 on the charts in July 1994. The songs kept rising on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Finally rising to #2 in August that year, and kept that spot for seven whole weeks. The film’s success and the fact that Forrest Gump was such a lovely character impacted how popular the music became after the film.
Mr. President, I Need To Pee
Forrest Gump and his all-American college teammates got invited to the white house to meet president JFK. The president’s banquet of free food and Dr. Peppers meant a nervous Forrest ended up drinking 15 Dr. Peppers because they were right there.
The teams and Forrest lined up to meet the President, and he asked them how does it feel to be all American, and Forrest blurts out that he needs to pee, unlike his teammates, who fittingly replied, “It’s good.” Not Surprisingly, Forrest had to pee after drinking so many Dr. Preppers.
Only Eleven Chapters Were Used
The production company had concerns about making the book into a film at all; they were concerned it would be too close to other films, such as Rain Man, which was a smash hit and won Oscars; it starred Dustin Hoffman as Raymond, nicknamed ‘Rain Man’ who was autistic.
Warner Brothers made a trade with Paramount for the casting rights of Forrest Gump; They wanted the casting rights to Executive Decision starring Kurt Russell. Still, they included $400.000 as a cherry on top of Paramount.
The Necklace Was Borrowed
Gary Sinise’s brother-in-law served in Vietnam and wore the necklace during his time there. Jack Trese decided to lend it to Sinises for the movie. The necklace had engraved on it “Protect Us in Combat.” Sinise then went on to create a foundation.
It was called the Gary Sinise Foundation, which assisted veterans. The charity raised over $30 million to help veterans who had been badly wounded. The foundation created a housing project and built 54 homes for the veterans. Sinise was named an honorary Marine due to his Philantary.
The Buff Plantation
Forrest Gump’s family home and Jenny’s farmhouse were built especially for the movie and were torn down filming completed. The temporary build was beautiful and was inspired by similar houses in the area.
It was build was a beautiful location in Alabama on the Bluff Plantation. On Twickenham Road, southeast of Yemassess beside the Combahee River. The house isn’t there anymore, but the locations would be an excellent place to visit for any hardcore Forrest Gump fans.
The Oldest State In Georgia
The iconic bus stop scene location was in Chippewa Square in Savannah, the oldest state in Georgia. The city was formed as a British colony in 1733 and the first state capital of Georgia. It’s a beautiful spot in its own right but is now well known because of the film.
Tourists and hardcore fans have traveled to Savanna to do a Forrest Gump tour of the city and visit the iconic bench. The bench is still in Savanna but is in a museum for fans who want to see it.
Let’s Go To Chippewa Square
The movie and its scenes in Chippewa Square have made the city popular amongst movie enthusiasts, and many have gone to see the square because of Forrest Gump. It first became a place to go when the film was released and because a huge hit worldwide.
The bus didn’t usually go through Chippewa Square, but it made an exception for the movie. The traffic was redirected and reversed so that the bus door opened up to the exquisite view of Chippewa Square.
The Shrimp Restaurant Franchise
Forrest Gump inspired a chain of restaurants to open, which were called Bubba Gump. It all started in 1996, not long after the film, and there is no connection with the film other than borrowing some of the character names such as ‘Bubba.’
The Bubba restaurant chain has restaurants in American and has locations in several other countries such as Malaysia. Japan. China And Indonesia, It Just Goes To Show There Are Forrest Gump Fans Worldwide.
Eric Roth Wrote the Screenplay
It’s natural to assume Winston Groom wrote the screenplay because he wrote the book, he was asked initially by the producers to write the screenplay, but it wasn’t used. The producers instead hired Eric Roth, who wrote the script.
It was an excellent career move for Roth because he won an Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay. Roth wasn’t alone in the process and enlisted the help of other screenwriters for the film. He later went on to work on The Insider and Munich.
Forrest Gumps Boat
In the movie, famous hurricane scenes were filmed from the Port Royal S.C. Ports Authority Terminal; the crew used a jet engine prop to simulate the hurricane’s wind. The scene was based on Hurricane Carmen, a significant one.
The Carmen Hurricane happened on the American coast of the Gulf of Mexico in 1974 and destroyed the shrimping business of Bayou La Batre. Gump’s Boat Jenny was at sea during the Hurricane and pulled through, making Gump’s Business proper without competition.
The Book Wasn’t A Huge Success
The book wasn’t as popular as the movie, and it originally sold 30,000 copies which isn’t a lot if you compare it with the success of the movie and all the Academy awards it won. Groom wasn’t impressed with how little he had made and felt he had been duped.
However, after the movie was released, sales of Grooms started to rise again, and he ended up selling 1.6 million copies of his book. Groom has some compensation, though, because the company agreed to give Groom over $1 million for the right to Gump&Co. the sequel.
There Was Fans And Critics
When the film was first released, there was a mix of fans and critics. Many people were in awe that the film stayed authentic to such important historical events and loved Gumps character and following along in his journey throughout the movie.
Some critics were against the movie. Felt that it was too sentimental with too many cringe catchphrases. That wasn’t the only reason; they felt it symbolized privilege; however, most people loved the movie despite the critics.
Apple Was A Good Investment
Forrest Gump’s friend Lieutenant Dan invests Gump’s money into the Apple company; It was never revealed how much was invested, regardless it would have made Gump a wealthy man in the future considering how much money Apple shares are worth.
Apple is a lucrative business making a whopping $52. 2 million per hour, that’s $ 127 million per day, totaling up to a staggering $45.7 billion per year. It was a good idea of Lieutenant Dan, and hopefully, Forrest gave him a percentage of his earning for the tip.
It’s The Little Things That Matter
Forrest Gump was initially meant to have loose change rattling around his pockets when he ran; Director Robert Zemeckis wanted the sound of coins as Forrest ran to be a definite addition to the movie, but it was accidentally released without the sound added.
Sound editing is a significant part of any film; it was never revealed how it got mistakenly released without the sound of the coins clinking in Forrest’s pockets. It was later re-released with the sound added just like Zemeckis originally wanted in the first release.
The Anniversary Of Forrest Gump
Technology is constantly changing and improving, so after 20 years of Forrest Gump being made and released, a newly re-edited version was released to celebrate the 20th anniversary. The film was a more modern viewing experience, and fans loved it.
When the newly re-edited version was released, fans hurried to see it; today’s modern technology made the film even more outstanding for the audience. Even after all those years, fans loved it and enjoyed every moment of the new cinematic experience.
The President Trump Conspiracy
No matter the situation, there is always some conspiracy theorist who believes that an event of the film has a hidden meaning, and it wasn’t any different for Forrest Gump. Some people believe the movie was solely created to promote Donald Trump.
It’s a ludicrous theory as Donald Trump would have to know he was running for president over 20 years before he did run. It’s possible that it was a lifelong dream of Trump, but he never showed any indication of this 20 years ago.
Ken Ralston And His Team
Many special effects were used in the film: the CGI technique, which enabled the film to be more authentic. Ken Ralston and his team were in charge of the visual effects in the movie, and the effects were so impressive Ralston won an Academy Award.
It was a well-deserved award because Ralston and his team managed to insert real long deceased presidents to make the movie look authentic. He used techniques to record voices of historical figures and used special effects to alter lip-syncing for the new dialogue
Jenny Curran’s Sad Ending
Jenny was Forrest’s childhood friend, and Forrest had always been in love with her and would later become her lover and husband. Jenny had a rough upbringing because of her abusive father. She became self-destructive in the film and got involved with drugs.
Although Jenny takes a different path than Forrest, she makes appearances throughout his adulthood. Jenny has a son with Forrest and marries him; however, not long after, she sadly dies from complications of AIDS, leaving Forest and Forest Jr.
Forest And The Feather Similarities.
Earlier, we discussed how the feather had a meaning in Forrest’s life; it effortlessly moves and lands softly. It may seem insignificant, but it’s actually has a meaning; in the movie, it represents Forrest’s journey through life and eventually lands beside his foot.
It represents that Gump is now aware of how uncertain life can be and what it can offer. All the hardships he overcame in his life but still manages to land softly and on his feet. It can be interpreted whatever way the viewer wants it to, and that’s the beauty of it.
How Forrest Didn’t Get Sick
Jenny’s death occurred in the film in 1982, the death was thought to be because of her party way, and she contracted AIDS through the use of drugs. However, Forrest and their son never contracted AIDs, so what happened to Jenny? Did she relapse?
Jenny contracted AIDs after her son was born, and that’s why Forrest and their son didn’t have it. Jenny was a hippie and enjoyed the culture of the 60s and 70s. Sadly she relapsed into partying and drugs before she settled down with Gump and married him.
Next, here are some of the most famous quotes from movies you didn’t realize were improvisations.
Movie Quotes Improvised By The Stars
In the movie, Meryl Streep plays Miranda Priestly, a magazine editor. The character lightly was inspired by Anna Wintour, the infamous editor-in-chief of Vogue. Streep made the finest Wintour impression in the movies by saying, “Everyone wants to be us.”
Streep received the 14th Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a fashion magazine editor. Streep was a force to be reckoned with and received high praise for her performance and went on to win the USA golden globe for best performance as an actress.
Whoppi Goldberg In Ghost
Ghost is an all-time classic movie that was released in 1990, starring Patrick Swayze as Sam and Demi Moore as Molly. Whoopi Goldberg came up with a famous line, though. Goldberg played the part of psychic added a line to the script.
Goldberg’s line was “ Molly, you in trouble girl,” she brought the character to life and went on to win an Academy Award for best actress in a supporting role and took home other awards such as a BAFTA, Saturn Awards, Golden Globe, and even an Oscar.
A Few Good Men
Tom Cruise starred as a Court-martial lawyer Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men, but Jack Nicholson improvised one of the most famous lines. Nicholson, who played Colonel Nathan R. Jessup in the war drama, said the most repeated line.
During the scene where Kaffee told him to tell the truth, he shouted: “ you can’t handle the truth!”. The scene has appeared in several shows, but famously, it was quoted in Seinfeld, Season 5 Episode 14, and again in a commercial for Burger King in 1998.
It Wasn’t Me It Was The One-Armed Man
Well, that’s not the famous line we will be referring to; it was when Harrison Ford’s character said to Tommy Lee Jones, “I didn’t kill my wife” Jones had a problem remembering his lines and forgot to reply with “That isn’t my problem.”
Instead, he said, “I don’t care,” and the director didn’t have to say ‘Cut.’ He loved it so much he kept the line in. The film was a complete success receiving seven Academy Award Nominations, And Jones even took home an Oscar!
When Harry Met Sally
When Harry met Sally is one of those romcoms that is a must-see for any film buff; Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star are the main characters. It was released in 1989 and follows Harry and Sally from when they first met to the present day.
The film follows their up and downs through life, and they eventually become lovers. Billy Crystal improvised this line “ I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie?.” Much to the amusement of Ryan.
Street Closed For Filming
Sometimes the magic just happens, and that’s exactly what did happen in Midnight Cowboy. The film starred Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, and in the scene where the actors were crossing the road, a taxi driver almost ran them over.
There was, of course, a sign that said: “Street closed for filming” but was missed. The actors were startled, but Hoffman shouted, “ I’m walking here.” The director decided to keep it in the movie, and it reached 27 out of 100 movies quotes on AFI’s 100 years.
Castellano in The Godfather
The Godfather is a classic mafia movie and one of the highest-earning films. It won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor and was nominated for several others. Richard Castellano mixed up his lines which turned out to be a good move.
Castellanos’ character Don Corleone nearly gets assassinated by Paulie Gatto but instead, two of the don’s assistants kill Gatto. Castellano was meant to say “ Leave the gun” during the scene but instead said “take a cannoli,’ the director loved it, and it became a famous line.
Humphrey Bogart In Casablanca
Humphrey Bogart, one of the best actors of all time, created his line for Casablanca. He taught Ingrid Bergman poker in between filming and said, “here’s looking at you, kid?”. The line was added to the movie.
The line means that Rick played by Bogart, will always be looking out for Ilze, played by Bergman, that if they never meet again, she will forever remain in his heart. The line went on to be voted the fifth most memorable line in AFIs 100 years.
Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight, starring Heath Ledger, was one of the best portrayals of The Joker to date. The film made over $1 billion worldwide and, not surprisingly, was the highest-earning film of all time. The late Heath ledger was awarded Best Supporting Actor after his death.
The famous clapping that The Joker did in the movie was created by Ledger when he sarcastically claps after Commissioner Gordon was promoted. This wasn’t part of the script, but Ledger improvised, and the director loved it and kept it in.
A Mix Up In Deliverance
Deliverance is a 1972 American survival film about friends who travel in the wilderness and are chased by a gang. One of the famous lines is “squeal like a pig,” one of the attackers said while terrifyingly squealing.
Apparently, this was made up on the spot, but by whom is another matter; there is some confusion about who made it up. Ned Beatty claims he did when improvising the scene. Director John Boorman said it was the studio’s idea to use the line.
Good Will Hunting
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote the film, but the late Robin Williams thought up the famous line. Williams played Sean Maguire, a psychiatrist, and reads a letter that Damon’s character had written.
In one of the scenes, the character says, “I gotta see about a girl.” And Williams added in, “son of a b*tch. He stole my line.” It’s not surprising that the film received nominations for nine Academy Awards and won two with a cast like Damon Affleck and Williams.
Being John Malkovich
The American fantasy movie had some crazy moments on set, one of them being when an extra threw a can at Malkovich’s head and shouted, “Hey, Malkovich! Think Fast!” The moment was not meant to be a part of the film.
The director Spike Jonze decided to keep the scene in the movie despite the extras hurting Malkoviches head. It turned out that the scene fitted perfectly for the film. The film also starred well-known actors such as Charlie Sheen, John Cusack, and Cameron Diaz.
The Usual Suspects
The movie is about the interrogation of Roger “Verbal” Kint, a con man who was one of two people who survived a massacre and fire on a ship that was docked at the Port of Los Angeles. Kint tells the interrogator the events that led him to be on the boat.
Kint told the interrogator about his crime lord boss Keyser who controlled them all. The movie had twists and turns, and in the cop lineup, the actors were permitted to act how they wished. The cop said to Benicio Del Toro was who was slurring, “In English, Please.”
Joe Pesci In Goodfellas
A classic gangster movie with some top actors, such as Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta. Pesci, who played Tommy and improvised his line, Tommy got defensive after being referred to as the ‘funny guy,’ and Pesci added, “Do I amuse you.”
Pesci has said it was based on a real-life event that he witnessed. The director Scorsese allowed the actors free reins when it came to improvising; Scorsese encouraged the actors to ad-lib during rehearsals and kept the lines he liked best in the movie.
The Silence Of The Lambs
Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster were both amazing in Hannibal, one of the greatest horror films of all time. Hopkins added a hissing sound to the line “fava beans and a nice Chianti” when he delivered a Foster speech about eating a human liver.
Anthony Hopkins won an Academy Award for Best Actor. Hopkins also took home three BAFTA awards. Queen Elizabeth II knighted Hopkins because of his contributions to the arts, and the talented actor has been a star on the Walk of Fame since 2003.
Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver
Martin Scorcese directed Taxi Driver, which starred Robert De Niro, who improvised a famous line. De Niro added, “You talkin to me?” and Scorcese kept it in the movie. The quote was ranked number 10 on AFI’s 100 Movie Quotes in 2005.
De Niro plays Travis Bickle, a former US. Marine with insomnia. Bickle lives alone in New York and works as a taxi driver who loves visiting porn theatres. The film is classed as one of the greats.
The movie stars David Patrick Kelly, who plays Luther and improvised a line “Warriors, come out to play!’ The line was loved by the directors and was kept in. The movie is set in New York City and focuses on a gang member.
It follows Luther, who was framed for murder and traveled to the Bronx to a neighborhood in Coney Island for a gang member’s murder. The movie has a cult following and inspired a spin-off, such as a comic book series and video games.
The 1979 film starred Marlon Brando, who played Colonel Kurtz and was directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola. Brando adlibbed over 18 minutes of dialogue in the film and refused to memorize the line; he folded the script in his hat for safekeeping.
The film has some serious setbacks, such as Martin Sheen had a heart attack, and Brando was overweight and not ready for the role. It was worth pushing through, though, as the film was a success and was nominated for serval awards.
Rutger Hauer, who played Roy Batty, improvised during filming. Batty played the enemy in the film; he added many lines during his “Tear of Rain” monologue; Hauer had prepared the night heavily before.
Hauer’s famous lines are often quoted, and the film has inspired many other science fiction movies, anime, video games, and television series. The film skyrocketed the career of Philip K Dicks and made him as famous as he is today.
Steven Spielberg’s director Jaw a classic horror movie, Toy Scheider portrays Chief Martin Brody. Scheider warns everybody aboard the ship, but he improvises the line, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” And he was right; they did need a bigger one.
The film is set on Amity Island, where a man-eating shark causes havoc by eating and attacking beach visitors. Brody comes to hunt and save the resort alongside marine biologists Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Harrison Ford, who played Indiana Jones, was ill during filming didn’t want to do a fight scene; he was chasing Marian Ravenwood and ran into a bad guy, and the script had him having a long-drawn-out fight, but Ford decided to pull out a gun instead.
He decided it would be easier to shot the bad guy, and he takes him down in one shot, thus becoming a great scene. The film was the first Indiana Jones movie, and there would go on to be many more as the film was nominated for eight Academy Awards.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
In the film, Gene Wilder played Willy Wonk, adapted from Roald Dahl’s book, and Wilder fitted the part perfectly. Wilder agreed to take the lead role if he could choose how he made his entrance which was limping with a crane and then somersaulting.
Wilders reasoning for such an eccentric entrance was that his character would be unpredictable; Wilder said, “From that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth.” Wilder deservedly was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy category.
The best lines can make a movie stand out and can become a classic; Kurtwood Smith, who played Clarence Boddicker in the movie, added the line when his character was taken into custody. “Give me my F***in phone call.”
Smith had aimed to shock, and the director Paul Verhoeven was delighted with the reaction. The science-fiction movie is based in Detroit, Michigan, where police officer Alex Murphy is murdered by a gang of criminals and is later revived into the superhuman RobocCop.
A Clockwood Orange
The movie is set in a futuristic Britain where gangs are ruling the country, Alex Delarge is a leader of one of the gangs, and after drinking a drug-infused “milk-plus,” the gang partakes in an evening of “Ultra-violence.” This leads to a fight with a rival gang.
Director Stanley Kubrick gave Malcolm McDowell, who played Alex in the movie, the freedom to do whatever he wanted to make the scene work. McDowell sang “Singing in the Rain,” which made him seem even crazier.
Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan was the second highest-grossing film of 1998; the film went on to be nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won five of them; Spielberg won Best director. The film stars Tom Hanks as Captain Miller and Matt Damon as Private Ryan.
Private Ryan talks to Captain Miller about his home life; Ryan says how he caught his brother kissing a girl. Matt Damon made up the story and kept it in the movie because Spielberg loved it and thought it fitted the scene well.
This Is Spinal Tap
The film was about Spinal Tap, a rock band, and it was full of improvisation by the actors. Three of the lead actors were so involved that they received credit for writing the film. Rob Reiner recorded hours of footage that he had made up.
The actors Micheal McKeand and Christopher Guest started planning the film when they met in college and enjoyed playing music together. In 1978 they worked with Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner on a show that featured Spinal Tap; eventually, they made the movie together.
The movie is satire and covers the paranoia that surrounds the threat of nuclear war. Also known as How I Learned to Stop Worrying About The Bomb. The script was made up of improvisions; one of them was Dr. Strangelove’s inability to control his right arm.
Peter Sellers created the scene, and the uncontrolled arm developed into a Nazi salute. Sellers improvised most of his dialogue, and Stanley Kubrick wrote them into the screenplay, also known as retro scripting.
Ben Stiller plays Derek Zoolander in the film, a self-absorbed male model fooled by a corrupt executive who plots to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Stiller created an iconic moment when he kept repeating the line “Why male models.”
It made Derek Zoolander look like even more of a fool, and it was hilarious for everyone who watched it. David Duchovny played J.P. Prewitt went with Stiller’s improvision, and it became one of the funniest scenes in the movie.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson, the movie was adapted from Stephen King’s novel. Jack Torrance and his family move to an old haunted hotel, and Jack, played by J Nicholson losing his mind and goes into a very dark place.
Wendy sees her son Danny has written “REDRUM” on the bathroom door reflected in the mirror. The word in reverse says “Murder.” Jack beats down the bathroom door with an ax saying, “ Here’s Johnny,” improvised by Nicholson and reference The Tonight Show.
The Empire Strikes Back
One of the greatest films of all time, the movie starred Harrison Ford as Han Solo and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Ford improvised his line when Leia and Han Solo kissed, and Leia confessed her love to Han.
Ford added “I know “ to the scene. It just worked perfectly at that moment and was kept in. The film was #3 on Empire’s list of the 500 greatest movies of all time. It has earned over $500 million from the original run and has had many re-releases.
The film was directed by Mel Brooks and became a hit; it is one of the greatest comedy horror movies. Marty Feldman, who played Igor, added some of his lines to the movie. The line was “What hump” whenever Frankenstein asked him about the hump on his back.
The director chose to keep in funny ad-lib by Feldman. The moment was so comedically perfect that Brooks left it in. Gene Wilder, a comic genius, had written the role exclusively for Feldman.
The American comedy was released in 1978 and starring John Belushi, who improvised a complete scene; there was a cafeteria scene in which Belushi stuffs food into his mouth and squishes his cheeks together, and says, “I’m a zit, get it?”
A hilarious scene created by Belushi, the movie was funny because of John Belushi’s perfectly timed comedy. No wonder SNL had John Belushi appearing on it as he was funny, smart, and always made everyone laugh.
Dumb and Dumber
The 90s comedy starring Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels as Harry and Lloyd, who were buddies, roommates, and business owners but also incredibly stupid. They end up at an airport, and Lloyd falls in love with a woman he encounters (Mary Swanson).
A quarter of the movie was improvised, and the road trip scene where they argue like children. They decided to take a road trip to Aspen to deliver luggage the mysterious Mary Swanson left behind, and hilarious events happened along the way.
The Lord of the Rings
Viggo Mortenson, who played Aragorn, accidentally added a part to the movie. When his character thinks his friends Pippin and Merry are dead, he kicks a helmet and screams in agony. Mortenson’s screams are as authentic as can be as he broke his toe.
Peter Jackson decided to leave the take in the film because it conveyed the emotion perfectly. The fantasy film is based on the first volume of J.R.R Tolkiens The Lord of The Rings. The film was a major success taking in $871 million.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Harry Potter franchise is one of the biggest selling films and books, making the actors famous today. In the scene at Weasley’s house, Molly is angry that they took the enchanted car without permission and used magic in front of muggles.
The line that came next was practiced many times, although each time, it ended up differently. The director eventually went with, “What exactly is the function of a rubber duck?” The film was released in 2002 and was the seventh highest-earning film.
Ghostbuster is undoubtfully a classic starring some of the best actors, such as some members from Saturday Night Live. Rick Moranis was a master of improvisation and used his talent in the movie when he made up his speech to his guest on the spot.
Moranis was well known for making impressions of Woody Allen, Merv Griffin, and David Brinkley. The 1984 supernatural comedy is well known for its contagious song. ‘if there’s somethin’ strange in the neighborhood. Who ya gonna call? (ghostbusters)’
Bill Murray stars in the classic 80s comedy and improvises some of his lines. Murray completely improvised the Dalai Lama speech. In the scripted Cinderalla Speech, the only line he didn’t improvise was “Carl cuts of the tops of flowers with a grass whip.”.
Murray is a natural but perfected his comedy skills improvisation Saturday Night Live. He gained popularity and recognition for the funniest sketches of those seasons he starred in. The chemistry between the actor’s Chevy Chase and Murray, helped create good banter and ideas.
Directed by Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen prepares for fatherhood when he learns he will become a dad after a one-night stand. Rogan and the other actors regularly improvised. In one of the scenes, Pete (Rudd) says, “Know how I know you’re Gay?”
The two actors go back and forth, repeating the line and improvising with hilarious responses. The idea was first created when the two actors were on The 40-Year-Old Virgin set. Jude Apatow was the screenwriter and director for both movies, gave the actors creative freedom.
In the 1988 Aliens sequel, Sigourney Weaver’s character awakens from hypersleep, and Bill Paxton, who plays Private Hudson, improvised a lot of his lines, including the Iconic “Game over, Man! Game over!” Weaver and Paxton’s acting was exceptional in the movie.
Paxton’s ability to improvise and his talented acting skills earned him critical acclaim, and the viewers loved the movie. Paxton ended up winning the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor. Sigourney Weaver as Ripley was an outstanding performance too.
Another film where Bill Murray did outstanding work and improvised his monologue. Murray plays Jeff, who is Dustin Hoffman’s roommate. Director Sydney Pollack gave Murray creative freedom with the speech, and nobody knew what he would say.
Murray shined through and delivered; the film was a huge hit and was the second most high-earning film in 1982. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards, one being for Best Picture. However, Lange was the only one who received an award for Best Supporting Actress.
The Third Man
Orson Welles improvised one of the most used quotes from the film; Klime meets with Martins on the Ferris Wheel in the scene. The scene has them looking down on the people; Lime compares them to dots and insignificant if one or all of them stopped moving.
Lime says, “Stopped moving Forever.”. He later says: “In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed. They produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy, and peace. And what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”
Julia Roberts stars as Vivian Ward, a beautiful sex worker who falls in love with a businessman Edward Lewis, who hires her to be his escort. The chemistry between Richard Gere, who plays Edward Lewis, and Roberts is undeniable.
Gere improvised the scene where he shows Vivian a box with an expensive necklace in it, Vivian gently touches it, and Gere snaps the box closed, which startled Roberts. The improvisation by Gere was created as a practical joke on an unsuspecting Roberts.