The Secrets Behind Forrest Gump
Marc Gordon - April 9, 2018

15 Wholesome Facts



1. Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don't drift apart.

2. The voices of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse got married in real life.

3. Mr. Rogers' sweaters were all knitted by his mom.

4. Libraries outnumber McDonald's in the United States by a ratio of 8:1.

5. There are more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

6. Babies don't smile because they're happy, they smile because they like the happy reaction from their parents.

7. Oftentimes an octopus heart will skip a beat when they see their potential mate.

8. The Beatles used the word "love" 613 times in their songs.

9. Squirrels plant thousands of new trees each year by forgetting where they put their acorns.

10. A group of bunnies is called a "fluffle".

11. Smiling actually lowers stress, whether you're faking it or not.

12. Cuddling with someone you love is scientifically proven to increase happiness.

13. We are all made of stardust.

14. Happiness levels are about 50% genetic, 10% circumstance, and about 40% choice.

15. For the ancient Greeks, happiness was a civic virtue that required a lifetime of cultivation.

Run Forest, run!  This classic and powerful film will bring you to tears, even decades later.  It is one of the most loved movies known to man kind, having won a tons of awards for best director, actor, screenplay and picture.  It was based on Winston Groom’s 1986 novel and the on screen version has some hidden secret’s that we’re about to reveal.

It is little known that there were some other actors were considered for the role of Gump. One of them John Travolta, who turned the role down himself. Chevy Chase and Bill Murray were also considered for the role. Winston Groom, the author of the novel apparently saw John Goodman as his ideal Gump.

The voice of Forrest Gump played by Tom Hanks was based on the actual accent of Michael Connor Humphreys, the boy who played the young Forrest Gump.  The inital plan was to teach Humphreys to speak in Hank’s accent, but upon the suggestion of Hanks they ended up adjusting his accent to sound like the boy.

In terms of the directors, Both Barry Sonnenfeld and Terry Gilliam turned down the chance to direct the film before it was given to Robert Zemeckis.  Another fun fact about the movie is that the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. was invented specifically for the movie and is now a restaurant chain with 39 locations.