Tom Hanks Doubted Forrest Gump, Zemeckis Warned Film Was a ‘Minefield’

With over $678 million on the worldwide field workplace and 6 Academy Award wins, together with greatest image, “Forrest Gump” stays certainly one of Tom Hanks’ greatest sensations, even when reception towards the movie has turned extra divisive in recent times. During a latest New Yorker Live occasion to advertise his new ebook, “The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece,” Hanks admitted he doubted if anybody would care concerning the 1994 historic fiction epic. “Forrest Gump” director Robert Zemeckis even warned Hanks the movie can be “a minefield.”

“I say, ‘Hey Bob, I’ve got a question for you. Is anybody going to care about this movie?’” Hanks stated. “This guy sitting on a thing in these goofy shoes and this cuckoo suit with a suitcase full of ‘Curious George’ books and stuff like that… are we doing anything here that is going to make any sense to anybody? And Bob said, ‘It’s a minefield, Tom. It’s a minefield. We may be sowing the seeds of our own destruction. Any footstep we take can be a Bouncing Betty that’ll blow our nuts right off.’”

“Bob Zemeckis — God bless him, I’ve worked with him more than once — landed on the absolute truth of anybody who has gone forward and said, ‘We are going to commit something to film today, and eventually we’ll cut this into something,’” Hanks added. “You do not know if it is going to work out.”

Hanks, who received the Oscar for greatest actor because of his efficiency in “Forrest Gump,” revealed on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast final yr that concepts for a possible sequel to the movie had been floated given its large success.

“I will say that, with a long time in between, we did take a stab at talking about another ‘Forrest Gump’ that lasted all of 40 minutes,” Hanks stated. “And then we never… we said, ‘Guys, come on.’”

“A smart thing I did is I’ve never signed a contract that had a contractual obligation to a sequel,” Hanks added. “I’ve always said, ‘Guys, if there’s a reason to do it, let’s do it. But you guys can’t force me.’ There is that natural inclination that is one of pure commerce that says, ‘Hey, you just had a hit, so do it again and you’ll have a hit.’”

Hanks most lately starred in Sony’s field workplace hit “A Man Called Otto,” which is now out there to stream on Netflix. His ebook, “The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece,” hit cabinets on May 9.

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