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  • A Scene Featuring Martin Luther King Jr. Wound Up on the Cutting Room Floor on Random Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Forrest Gump

    (#11) A Scene Featuring Martin Luther King Jr. Wound Up on the Cutting Room Floor

    Robert Zemeckis featured several CGI scenes of Forrest with historical figures like John F. Kennedy and Elvis Presley. The director also shot a scene including Rev. King. In the scene, Forrest meets King and his supporters just as vicious police dogs are set to attack.

    The German Shepherds are unleashed by the police and race towards King. But Forrest starts to play fetch with the dogs, which makes them totally harmless to King and his supporters. He then approaches King and says, “Sorry to interrupt your parade. They just dogs and they don’t know any better.”

    You can see the cut scene on the Forrest Gump Special Collector’s Edition DVD.

  • Tupac Shakur Auditioned for the Role of Bubba on Random Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Forrest Gump

    (#4) Tupac Shakur Auditioned for the Role of Bubba

    Tupac Shakur will always be first and foremost remembered as one of the great hip hop artists, but he was also a successful actor. Before Forrest Gump was released in 1994, Tupac appeared in Juice, Poetic Justice, and Above the Rim. The rapper's wife, Keisha Morris, told UPROXX she and Tupac went to see Forrest Gump on their first date.

    "We went to the Chelsea Movie Theater to see Forrest Gump and then we ate dinner around the corner in an Italian restaurant." She added, "He wanted to see Forrest Gump because he read for the part of Bubba."

  • All the Ping Pong Balls Were CGI on Random Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Forrest Gump

    (#6) All the Ping Pong Balls Were CGI

    There's a lot of CGI in Forrest Gump. The most obvious examples are Lt. Dan's missing legs, and when Forrest stands next to President Kennedy and John Lennon. What you may be surprised to learn is that, in the scene when Forrest plays ping pong match in China, there are no ping pong balls in the scene. A behind-the-scenes DVD explains that Hanks and his competitor are swatting air, timing their paddle movement to the sound of clicks. The ball was added in post production. 

  • Author Winston Groom Did Not Earn Any Royalty Money on Random Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Forrest Gump

    (#20) Author Winston Groom Did Not Earn Any Royalty Money

    Winston Groom's 1986 novel Forrest Gump earned the writer 3% of the net profits from the film adaptation. In theory, at least. Groom didn't receive a dime in royalty money, even though the movie sold $677 million in tickets. How could this be?

    Paramount contends that, despite the monster box office success of Forrest Gump, the studio didn't earn back the money it spent on production, promotion, distribution, and marketing. This claim is somewhat suspicious when you consider Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis each made at least $31 million for their share of the profits (although, to be fair, Zemeckis and Hanks got points on gross profit, not net).  

    Groom took Paramount to court, where a judge pointed out the bad contract Groom signed. In the end, Groom made about $350,000 off the movie, though secured a seven figure deal up front when he sold his sequel, Gump & Co., to Paramount. 

  • Dave Chappelle and Ice Cube Turned Down the Role of Bubba on Random Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Forrest Gump

    (#8) Dave Chappelle and Ice Cube Turned Down the Role of Bubba

    Notorious comedy legend Dave Chappelle turned down the role of Forrest's shrimp-loving Vietnam buddy Bubba. He admitted he regretted his decision after the movie became such a monster success. Of course, appearing in such a blockbuster could have launched Chappelle to instant movie star status. He achieved great success a decade later with his sketch show Chappelle's Show in 2003.

    The part that went to Mykelti Williamson was also turned down by rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube. He reportedly passed on the role because he did not want to play a dumb character. 

  • Tom Hanks Modeled His Accent After Young Forrest on Random Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Forrest Gump

    (#17) Tom Hanks Modeled His Accent After Young Forrest

    Hanks initially didn't want to speak with a pronounced accent, despite the novel using this device. Zemeckis persuaded him to do so. While searching for the voice of his character, Hanks met Michael Connor Humphreys, who played young Forrest. Humphreys is from Mississippi, and spoke with his own accent in the film. Hanks modeled his voice to fit Humphreys's accent. 

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