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Tom Hanks reveals he was unsure of all the bus bench scenes in his 1994 classic Forrest Gump


Nearly three decades after his Oscar-winning turn in Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks reveals he wasn’t entirely sure about the now-iconic bus bench scenes.

The film was adapted from the then little-known novel of the same name by Winston Groom, which became both the highest-grossing movie of 1994 and it also won Best Picture at the Oscars, while Hanks won his second Best Actor Oscar in a row, after winning for Philadelphia.

Hanks was promoting his new film Elvis in an interview with CinemaBlend, when he admitted that he didn’t think anyone would be interested in the bus bench scenes of Forrest Gump.

Unsure: Nearly three decades after his Oscar-winning turn in Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks reveals he wasn't entirely sure about the now-iconic bus bench scenes

Unsure: Nearly three decades after his Oscar-winning turn in Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks reveals he wasn’t entirely sure about the now-iconic bus bench scenes

The bus bench scenes anchored the movie, with Hanks’ title character regaling strangers with various tales throughout his incredible life.

Still, he never quite grasped the weight of these scenes, and said he wasn’t sure how they’d even be used in the movie.

‘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 admitted. 

Bus scenes: Still, he never quite grasped the weight of these scenes, and said he wasn't sure how they'd even be used in the movie

Bus scenes: Still, he never quite grasped the weight of these scenes, and said he wasn’t sure how they’d even be used in the movie

‘And I said to Bob [Zemeckis], “Is anyone going to care about this nut sitting on a [bench]? What is this? No one knows what’s in this [box] I mean,”‘ Hanks added.

‘We ended up shooting, it was probably like, you know, 13 pages of dialogue that we had to shoot in a day and a half,’ Hanks admitted. 

‘It was written on cue cards, [and] I didn’t need the cue cards after a while because you get into it,’ Hanks said, before revealing what the director said to him about the scenes.

‘But Bob says, “I don’t know, it’s a minefield, Tom, it’s a minefield. You never know what people are gonna take away from it!” And it ends up being, you know, that thing’ Hanks said.

Pages: 'We ended up shooting, it was probably like, you know, 13 pages of dialogue that we had to shoot in a day and a half,' Hanks admitted

Pages: ‘We ended up shooting, it was probably like, you know, 13 pages of dialogue that we had to shoot in a day and a half,’ Hanks admitted

The film was produced on a modest $55 million budget but it went on to take the box office by storm earning $330.4 million domestic and $678.2 million worldwide.

Forrest Gump was nominated for 13 Oscars, winning six for Best Picture, Best Actor (Hanks), Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), Best Adapted Screenplay (Eric Roth), Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects.

Hanks is winning rave reviews for his portrayal of Colonel Tom Parker in Elvis, and he has a busy rest of the year ahead of him too.

Raves: Hanks is winning rave reviews for his portrayal of Colonel Tom Parker in Elvis, and he has a busy rest of the year ahead of him too

Raves: Hanks is winning rave reviews for his portrayal of Colonel Tom Parker in Elvis, and he has a busy rest of the year ahead of him too

He also plays Geppetto in Disney’s live-action Pinocchio remake, which is slated for release on September 8.

The actor also plays the title character in A Man Called Otto, arriving in theaters on Christmas Day.

Hanks is also part of a massive ensemble cast of Wes Anderson’s new film Asteroid City, which is currently in post-production with no release date announced yet. 

Coming soon: He also plays Geppetto in Disney's live-action Pinocchio remake, which is slated for release on September 8

Coming soon: He also plays Geppetto in Disney’s live-action Pinocchio remake, which is slated for release on September 8

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