It’s hard to believe Forrest Gump came close to not getting made. The film went through several re-writes, and was extremely difficult to cast. Warner Bros. spent years developing the project, but decided to walk away because executives felt Forrest Gump was too similar to 1988’s Academy Award winning film Rain Man. And that’s not even the strangest of these weird facts about Forrest Gump.
Thankfully, Paramount Pictures bought the rights to the project, the script came together beautifully (it won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay), and the casting was pretty much perfect (Tom Hanks took home the Academy Award for Best Actor). In celebration of the picture AFI called the 76th Greatest American Film of all time, this list puts together a jumbo shrimp bucket worth of fascinating Forrest Gump behind the scenes tales to share with friends and family who hold the film near and dear their hearts.
Imagine John Travolta as Forrest. Jodie Foster as Jenny Curran. Weird right? It’s nearly impossible to see any other actors besides Tom Hanks and Robin Wright in those iconic roles. You won’t believe all the big name stars who passed on parts in the film. You’ll also be shocked to learn which legendary rapper auditioned for shrimp-loving Bubba.