He taught Elvis Presley to dance, launched LBJ and ran across the country…like a lot. But what else could a simple Forrest Gump do? As it turns out, that’s not as enticing a question as a sequel to the 1994s Forrest Gump was quickly nixedaccording to Tom Hanks.
As he revealed in a recent episode of the podcast Happy Sad Confusedrevealed Tom Hanks that the idea for a Forrest Gump a sequel was approached – it was a huge hit at the box office and on awards night – but was quickly shelved. “I would say that every once in a while, we took a stab at talking about each other Forrest Gump it lasted a full 40 minutes…And then we never said, ‘Guys, come on.'”
Considering Forrest Gump (from Greenbow, ALABAMA!) was such a busy guy, proving himself as an American football star, a Vietnam War hero, and one hell of a shrimp boat captain, one wonders what a sequel would even show. Would Gump be put on the moon or teach the world to twerk? Now there is -one deserved Best Picture winner!
As it turns out, there was more story to tell, as author Winston Groom wrote one Forrest Gump successor Gump and Co. But that will remain the extent of Forrest Gump’s exploits, as Hanks has explicitly said, there’s almost no need to delve further into Gump’s brain. “One smart thing I did is I never signed a contract that had a contractual obligation to a successor… I always said, ‘Guys, if there’s a reason to do it, let’s do it. But you can’t force me.’”
For the most part, Tom Hanks has stuck to it. Despite a film career spanning nearly 40 years, Hanks has appeared in only a handful of sequels and appeared on screen only once, for The Da Vinci Codesuccessor, Angels & Demons. The others are of course Toy Story movie.
Tom Hanks is currently starring in Disney’s Pinocchio. You can read our review here!