Tom Hanks reveals he questioned whether anyone was ‘going to care’ about ‘goofy’ Forrest Gump

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The actor talked about making the iconic 1994 film, which won six Oscars, on Tuesday Night new yorker Live Events in New York City

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For Tom HanksMake forest gump It was like a box of chocolates – he didn't know what he was going to get.

But new yorker Tuesday Night Live event at Symphony Space in New York City, the 66-year-old actor recalled to the editor david remnick He had some doubts while making the iconic 1994 film.

“I say, ‘Hey Bob, I have a question for you. Is anybody going to care about this movie?' Hanks recalled a conversation with the film's director, saying, Robert Zemeckis,

“‘This guy's sitting on a thing in these goofy shoes and it's with a suitcase full of cuckoo suits curious George Books and stuff like that. Are we doing something here that makes sense to anyone?' ” He continued.

“And Bob said, ‘It's a minefield, Tom. It's an ag- minefield,'” Hanks said. “‘We will be sowing the seeds of our own destruction. Every step we take could be a bouncing betty that will blow our nuts right away.' ,

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Sunset Boulevard/Getty Images Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump in the 1994 film

Sunset Boulevard/Getty Images Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump in the 1994 film

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Still committing to “so much dialogue” – and shooting for 27 days straight, Hanks said, Forrest moved across the country traveling to various locations – resulting in a film that resonated with fans and critics alike. Hui.

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It also won him the Best Actor award Academy AwardsZemeckis received the Best Director trophy and won four other Oscars, including Best Picture.

In 2020, Hanks opened up about the rigors of shooting the film. and on In Depth with Graham Bensinger podcast, he talked about how Zemeckis, 70, came to him and said the studio would not Financing scenes where Forrest walks across the country Because they were too expensive.

But Zemeckis knew how important the sequence was to the film and approached Hanks with an alternate plan. As the latter recalled, “He said, ‘Okay, this race is going to cost X dollars.' And it wasn't cheap. And I said, ‘Okay.' He said, ‘You and I are going to split that amount, and we're going to return it [to Paramount], we'll give you the money back, but you guys [Paramount] The profit has to be distributed a little more. ,

“Joe Studio said, ‘Great, great. OK.' And it was good for us too,” Hanks said.

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The gamble clearly paid off, with the film turning into an instant classic and grossing $330.5 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide.

forest gump Hanks also benefited, reportedly earning $65 million from the film. hollywood reporter,

On Tuesday night, the actor paid tribute to Zemeckis' vision.

“Bob Zemeckis – God bless him, I've worked with him more than once – got down to the absolute truth of anybody who walked up and said, ‘We're going to do something to film today,' and eventually we cut it. Will give something,” Hanks said. “You don't know if it's going to work.”

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He said, “You can only have faith.”

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