Tom Hanks has revealed he didn’t think the iconic bus bench scenes in the hit film ‘Forrest Gump’ would make it into the final cut.
Hanks played the titular character, a man with childlike innocence and a penchant for stumbling through history, in the 1994 film directed by Bob Zemeckis, which won six Oscars.
“I’ll tell you, in ‘Forrest Gump,’ everything we shot on the park bench in Savannah, Georgia…we were just filming fodder for a possible narrative piece,” Hanks told the ReelBlend podcast during of a promotional interview. for his new movie “Elvis” earlier this month.
“And I said to Bob [Zemeckis]’Is anybody gonna care about that nut sitting on a [bench]? What is that? Nobody knows what’s in this thing, I mean,” Hanks said.
“We ended up shooting, it was probably like, you know, 13 pages of dialogue that we had to shoot in a day and a half,” he added.
“It was written on cue cards… I didn’t need the cue cards after a while because you get in there,” Hanks said, before explaining what Zemeckis told him to About the bus bench scenes.
“But Bob says, ‘I don’t know, it’s a minefield, Tom, it’s a minefield. You never know what people will get out of it. And it ends up being, you know, this thing,” Hanks said.
The scenes became a major part of “Forrest Gump,” which grossed $677 million worldwide and is hailed by many as a modern classic, filled with catchphrases like “My momma always said life was like a box. of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.
In the years after ‘Forrest Gump’, Hanks received even more acclaim, in front of and behind the camera, with roles in films like ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’. which he also realized.
Now Hanks is promoting director Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” based on the life of rock and roll superstar Elvis Presley, in which he plays Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker.