Run, Forrest, Run! Behind The Scenes Of Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks has had quite the career as an actor. In 1994, Hanks delivered what was one of the best performances of his career in Forrest Gump. Robert Zemeckis’ directed film provided humor and emotional depth while the movie managed to resonate with audiences everywhere.

Not only did the movie do well at the box office, but it also won half of the dozen awards it was nominated for at the 67th Academy Awards. Nonetheless, there are tons of points about the film that remain a mystery. From his war-pal Bubba to the fact that the movie was based on a book, there are some interesting facts about the kind-hearted man from Alabama. What happened to the bench after the film was released?

Forrest Meets Lyndon B. Johnson

Forrest met Lyndon B. Johnson when he received his Medal of Honor. Interestingly enough, that is the real footage from that moment. Obviously, it wasn’t footage obtained by the crew of the movie. That moment comes from the 1968 ceremony of Sammy L. Davis.

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Davis, much like Forrest, received this prestigious award for his courageous service in Vietnam. Hanks’ face was just slapped onto Davis’ body, only to give the illusion that Forrest was standing face-to-face with the 36th President of the United States.