• 20 years ago this week “Forrest Gump” made its debut in theaters.   The film won a number of Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.  In 2011 it was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.    Some facts about “Forrest:”
      • The Riverdogs "Director of Fun" Bill Murray, John Travolta and Chevy Chase turned down the role of Forrest Gump. Travolta later admitted that passing on the role was a mistake.
      • David Alan Grier, Ice Cube and Dave Chappelle turned down the role of Bubba. Chappelle thought the movie would bomb, and has since admitted to deeply regretting not taking the role.
      • Demi Moore and Nicole Kidman turned down the role of Jenny Curran.
      • During the ping-pong matches, there was no ball; it was entirely     CGI, animated to meet the actors’ paddles.
      • When Forrest first learns to play ping-pong in the infirmary, he is told the trick is to “keep his eye on the ball” by another soldier. After that moment, whenever he is shown playing ping-pong, he never blinks.
      • Tom Hanks signed onto the film after an hour and a half of reading the script.
      • The line “My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump” was ad libbed by Tom Hanks while filming the scene and director Robert Zemeckis liked it so much that he decided to keep it in.
      • Greenbow, Alabama (Forrest’s hometown) is fictional. Bayou LaBatre, Alabama (Bubba’s hometown), however, is real.
      Take a look at the movie's original trailer:

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