Tom Hanks admitted recently that the appeal of the 1994 film Forrest Gump was lost on him.
During a chat at a New Yorker Live event in New York, the Hollywood heavyweight recounted discussing his concerns with filmmaker Robert Zemeckis.
“I say, ‘Hey Bob, I’ve got a question for you. Is anybody going to care about this movie?’ ”, He recalls.
‘This guy sitting on a thing in these goofy shoes and this cuckoo suit with a suitcase full of Curious George books and stuff like that. Are we doing anything here that is going to make any sense to anybody?’ ” Hanks indicated.
“And Bob said, ‘It’s a minefield, Tom. It’s a g— minefield,’ ” Hanks added. ” ‘We may be sowing the seeds of our own destruction. Any footstep we take can be a bouncing Betty that’ll blow our nuts right off.’ ”
However, as luck would have it, the suspicions were dispelled after the film’s premiere. Forrest Gump won Best Actor for Tom Hanks, Best Director for Robert Zemeckis, and Best Picture for the film.
“Bob Zemeckis — God bless him, I’ve worked with him more than once — landed on the absolute truth of anybody who has gone forward and said, we are going to commit something to film today, and eventually we’ll cut this into something,” Hanks said. “You do not know if it is going to work out.”
Hanks recently commented on the Writers Guild strike, stating that the ‘pie’ must be shared evenly. “Everyone knows the entire industry is at a crossroads,” he remarked.
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