Tom Hanks Originally Underestimated Impact of ‘Forrest Gump’ ‘Box of Chocolates’ Bench Scene

Even Tom Hanks was skeptical about the “Forrest Gump” framing device.The 1994 film, which went on to win Best Picture, stars Hanks as earnest Vietnam War veteran Forrest, who has an Iq of 75.

While Forrest accidentally partakes in the most pivotal pop culture moments of the 1960s and 1970s, he is reflecting on his life while sitting on a bus stop bench, eventually delivering the line, “My Mama always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never which one you’re gonna get.’”But Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis didn’t know what kind of audience reaction they would get from the decision to tell the story backward.“I will tell you, in ‘Forrest Gump,’ all the stuff that we shot on the park bench in Savannah, Georgia, we were just shooting fodder for a possible narrative piece of it,” Hanks revealed during a CinemaBlend podcast.


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