20 Things You Didn't Know About Forrest Gump

The low-down on Tom Hanks' most iconic film.

Forrest Gump
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Though there are many Best Picture Oscar winners which drop out of the collective consciousness in a few short years, Forrest Gump is unquestionably one of the most beloved and crowd-pleasing winners of the coveted award.

In the 26 years since it first hit cinemas, the film has lost little of its relevance or entertainment value, enlivened by a stunning, Oscar-winning performance from Tom Hanks, in what's arguably his best - and certainly his most popular - turn to date.

He's aided of course by a fantastic supporting cast, Robert Zemeckis' terrific direction, a smart and charming script, and cutting-edge visual effects which still hold up relatively well today.

And a film as iconic as this naturally has a ton of fascinating stories and tidbits surrounding its production, many of which you're probably unaware.

From bizarre casting choices that almost happened to sneaky cameos you've never noticed, and Tom Hanks' special condition for signing onto the role, these are the 20 slivers of Forrest Gump trivia you absolutely need to know...


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