15. An actual event inspired the running scene of the movie. In 1982, Sixteen-year-old Louis Michael Figueroa ran from New Jersey to San Francisco in support of American Cancer Society. The run inspired a line for Forrest Gump’s famous run on the screen. The line went somewhat like this, “I just put one foot in front of the other,When I get tired I sleep. When I get hungry I eat. When I have to go to the bathroom, I go.”
16. The park bench that Tom Hanks sat on for much of the movie was located in historic Savannah, Georgia, at Chippewa Square. The fiberglass bench he sat on, since then, has been removed and placed into a museum to avoid being destroyed by bad weather, or possibly stolen. The church where the feather first falls was about 100 yards just down the street from the bench. To this day, the bench is held in the Savannah History Museum, Savannah, Georgia.
17. One of the most impressive scenes in the movie was Gump’s receiving Medal of Honor from President Lyndon Johnson for his actions in Vietnam. The clip uses the footage of actual ceremony for Sammy L. Davis, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on November 1968 by president Lyndon Johnson. Tom Hanks’ head was superimposed on Davis’ body by the CGI team.
18. When Lt. Dan Taylor played by Gary Sinise first meets Forrest and Bubba in Vietnam, he says “You must be my FNGs”. FNG stands for “F*ckin’ New Guys”.
19. A curious fact about the movie is, every still photo of Forrest during the film shows Tom Hanks with his eyes closed.
20. “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get” – The quote from the movie was ranked #40 by American Film Institute’s 100 years – 100 movie quotes.
21. Robin Wright was sick with a cold while shooting the nightclub scene. In spite of this, she was still able to perform her own singing during a non-stop twenty-four hour shoot in which she was nearly nude except for her guitar.