Tom Hanks Paid for Some Forrest Gump Scenes Himself — Including the Famous Run! Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis had to believe in their vision when the budget was a little tight while filming Forrest Gump.
It turns out Hanks and Zemeckis had to reportedly fund parts of the iconic 1994 movie themselves when Paramount couldn’t approve more budget for a few scenes. On the podcast In Depth With Graham Bensinger, the Oscar winner talked about how the director came to him and said the studio wouldn’t be funding the famous scene where Forrest runs across the country because it was too expensive.
But Zemeckis knew how crucial the scene was to the movie and went to Hanks with an alternate plan.
“He said, ‘Well, this run is going to cost X amount of dollars.’ And it wasn’t cheap. And I said, ‘OK’. He said, ‘You and I are going to split that amount, and we’re going to give it back [to Paramount]. We’ll give you the money back, but you guys [Paramount] are going to have to share the profits a little bit more.’ Which the studio said, ‘Fabulous, great. OK.’ And it was good for us, too,” Hanks recalled.
This happened again with another scene, though Hanks didn’t specify which one.
“They said, ‘The weather is such that we can’t get the insurance coverage on it,’ the studio said, ‘So you guys can’t shoot.’ And Bob and I said, ‘We’ll cover the insurance.’ And we did,” Hanks said.
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Tom Hanks Paid for Some Forrest Gump Scenes Himself! Tom Hanks Paid for Some Forrest Gump Scenes Himself