Things Forrest Gump Producers Hid From Fans

How Old Was Sally Field Really?

Sally Field is another famous actress on the film who helped to make Forrest Gump so successful. On the movie, though, she was supposed to be old enough to be Forrest’s mother. So, they aged her substantially for some of the scenes. What you probably don’t know is that Field is actually only 10 years older than Tom Hanks, so it really was the wonder of make-up that created her ultra-aged look.

Sally Field later said of her role as Forrest’s mother, “She’s a woman who loves her son unconditionally.” She also said, “A lot of her dialogue sounds like slogans, and that’s just what she intends.” All those wise words are part of what makes the film so powerful and memorable.