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Tom Hanks was against park bench scenes

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“Forrest Gump”
Tom Hanks was against park bench scenes

What did Tom Hanks hate about the park bench scenes in Forrest Gump?

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The park bench scenes in “Forrest Gump” are the centerpiece of the film. Ironically, Tom Hanks first spoke out against them.

“Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get”: Probably the most quoted saying from “Forrest Gump” also applies to the blockbuster itself. At least that’s what one story suggests, lead actor Tom Hanks (65) now and so almost 30 years after the classic’s theatrical release said in an interview with “CinemaBlend”.. Because the famous park bench scenes of the drama, now essential, were a thorn in the side of Hanks during the filming.

At the time, he was unaware of the urgency of these scenes, which represent the fabric of all the incredible events in the life of Forrest Gump. On the contrary, he found them rather boring, as he then explained to director Robert Zemeckis (70 years old): “Will anyone be interested in this madman sitting on a bench? What’s the point?”

Even success is like a box of chocolates

He shot the scenes rather reluctantly, they took a day and a half of shooting and about 13 pages of script. But Zemeckis didn’t let his lead actor’s doubts (thankfully) sway him, so he replied to Hanks, “You never know what people might get out of it.” Almost like a box of chocolates…

The success impressively proved that Zemeckis was right. Forrest Gump earned Hanks his second consecutive Best Actor Oscar after Philadelphia. The film received a total of 13 nominations for the Golden Boy, six of which were converted into awards – including “Best Picture” and “Best Director”.


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