“Life is like a bunch of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Yes, that’s right. On this day in history, 1994, the critically acclaimed modern-classic melodrama film Forrest Gump hit the theaters.
If you haven’t heard of it or seen it before, prominent actor Tom Hanks stars as Forrest Gump, a disadvantaged, gifted, guileless and love-struck man who finds himself at the center of many seminal events of the late 20th century.
Throughout the film, Forrest is a table tennis champion, Vietnam War hero, shrimp boat captain, literal cross-country runner, just to name a few – but most of all, he is a dedicated father.
An interesting – and perhaps appetizing – piece of information is that the fictional company Bubba Shrimp Co. found its way into reality and is now an actual chain restaurant & market. Boasting over 44 locations across several countries, you can sit down in a Forrest Gump themed restaurant and enjoy a meal based on characters from the film.
While restaurant branch-offs of films may be a rarity, movie props being auctioned off is a popular attraction for film fanatics. The bench seen in numerous scenes throughout the movie was sold for a whopping $25,000, while the original hat worn by Hanks/Forrest in the movie was auctioned for an astounding $11,000.
Another interesting fact not many may be aware of is that Winston Groom, writer of the original Forrest Gump novel, did not consider Tom Hanks to be the ideal Forrest Gump at first – hard to imagine. John Travolta, Chevy Chase, John Goodman, and Bill Murray were all candidates ahead of Hanks.
The movie had 13 Academy Award nominations and earned six Oscars consisting of Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), Best Leading Role Actor (Tom Hanks), and Best Special Effects (CGI).
As icing on the cake, the award was also Hank’s second Oscar in a row – he is one of the five actors to ever achieve back-to-back Oscars.