Forrest Gump is a sweet confection of a film – almost like a box of chocolates, in fact – despite the sometimes weighty historical themes it tackles. But believe it or not, there were plenty of difficulties and even some controversies behind the scenes. Here are 20 little-known facts about the 1994 hit that went on to bag six Oscars at the 67th Academy Awards.
20. It took nine years to get the film out
Producer Wendy Finerman came across the Winston Groom novel Forrest Gump in 1985 and then spent years relentlessly pursuing studio executives about making a movie out of it. No-one was interested, however, until word of the project eventually reached Tom Hanks’ ears. And the rest, of course, is history.