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Top 10 Facts About Forrest Gump You Probably Didn’t Know

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Not that many movies manage to become timeless classics that stick around for decades after they first hit big screens. The 1994 drama “Forrest Gump” is definitely one of the best and most successful movies to ever dominate at the box office, and for a good reason.

The film is heartbreaking, odd, strangely poetic and downright beautiful.

For all you film buffs out there, who are also trivia fans, here have the list of our favorite 10 facts about Forrest Gump.


10. Blue Plaid Shirt

With every transition of Forrest’s age, there is one thing that always stays the same throughout the movie. From the very first to the very last scene he is wearing a blue plaid shirt.

9. A Lie Has No Legs

For all of you who wondered about Gary Sinise’s lower legs, here’s how they did it. His legs were wrapped in special blue fabric that allowed them to be subsequently removed from the scenes via digital technology.

8. Truly A Benchmark

The bench that Forrest sat on was sold in 2013 for $25,000. It is currently being kept in a museum.

7. Running Mate

Tom Hanks isn’t much of a runner, but since there was a lot of running in the film, Jim Hanks, Tom’s younger brother, agreed to sub for him. Not even in the long run would I ever guess that (sorry).

6. The Shrimp Emporium

Forrest and Dan’s Shrimp Emporium “Bubba Gump” actually became a themed restaurant. There are currently restaurants in 43 locations around the world, including U.S., Japan, China, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and the UK.

5. The Role Of Bubba

Ice Cube, David Alan Grier, and Dave Chappelle all decided to turn down the role of Bubba. Cube refused to play someone with a disability, whereas Chappelle thought the movie would flop. Chappelle later admitted to deeply regretting not taking the role.

Also, Tupac Shakur auditioned for the role of Bubba, but apparently wasn’t good enough.

4. Smart Move

Tom Hanks was not paid his actor’s fee for the movie. Instead, the actor decided to take percentage points, which earned him over $40 million.

3. Protect Us In Combat

The necklace that Lt. Dan wears throughout the movie isn’t just some random prop. The rosary with a Saint Christopher medal inscribed “Protect Us In Combat” was actually worn in Vietnam by Gary Sinise’s brother-in-law, Jack Treese.

2. Fruitful Year For Cinema

The whole year of 1994 was an awesome year for cinematography, but October 1994 was specifically packed with cult classics. Jurassic park, Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption were all playing in theaters at the same time.

1. “You Miss 100 Of The Shots You Don’t Take” – Wayne Gretzky (Michael Scott)

Bill Murray, John Travolta and Chevy Chase turned down the iconic Forrest Gump lead role. Travolta later admitted that refusing to take the role was a huge mistake.