Things Forrest Gump Producers Hid From Fans

Who Turned Down the Starring Role?

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MovieStillsDB/Paramount Pictures
MovieStillsDB/Paramount Pictures

You may be surprised by who the producers contacted for the starring role in Forrest Gump. The list includes some of the biggest stars and best funny-men: John Travolta, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray. They all turned down the role, which led the producers to ask Tom Hanks.

When you look at the final product, though, can you really imagine any of these actors taking on the role of Forrest Gump? Tom Hanks brought the right combo of funny, serious, and just-about-reserved talent to the role, which undoubtedly led to how it went on to be such a favorite, award-winning film.