There are many memorable moments in “Forrest Gump”, made in 1994 and multiple Oscar winner for that year, one of the most notable being the scene in which the titular character, played by Tom Hanks, runs across the country for three years . It seems that that scene was made only with the financial contribution of the actor and director Robert Zemeckis.
In a talk on “In Depth With Graham Bensinger,” Hanks says the studio that produced the film, Paramount, refused to film the running scene because it was too expensive.
“The studio told him (no: Zemeckis) that he can’t afford to film it and he won’t be able to do it, and Bob said it’s too important a part of the film to be removed,” Hanks said in an interview on the show. to Bensinger. According to Hanks, Zemeckis insisted that the scene could be filmed at low cost, but the studio declined further discussion.
Zemeckis and Hanks demanded a higher percentage of profits
That was when Zemeckis asked Hanks for help: “He told me how much it would cost to make the scene, that it was not cheap and that we would split the amount,” the actor recalls. The two then went to Paramount, saying the scene would be filmed with their own money, instead demanding a higher percentage of the film’s profit, a move that proved extremely inspiring, given Forrest Gump’s commercial success.
The result was an extremely popular seven-minute scene in which Gump gets up from the porch of his house and begins “a little run, for no particular reason,” after spending a night with Jenny (played by Robin Wright). and discovers in the morning that she is gone.
The “little run” turns into a 3-year run, which brings it to the attention of the country and the people who believe that there is a special cause behind the run. But the sequence ends quite abruptly, with Gump stopping in the middle of a road in the western United States and telling his followers, “I’m pretty tired. I think I’m going home now. “
Hanks says that, for the financial help he offered to Zemeckis in making the scene, the director let him participate in the film’s editing processor, where he was able to outline the character Forrest Gump with him. The film won 6 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for a Leading Role for Tom Hanks.