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My momma always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
~ Forrest Gump's most famous quote

Forrest Gump is the titular main protagonist of the novel and its Academy Award-winning film adaptation, both of the same name. He is a mentally handicapped but kind-hearted man whose momentous life includes saving his fellow soldiers during the Vietnam War, launching a successful shrimp company, and running across the country. He is the widowed husband of Jenny Curran and the father of Forrest Gump Jr.

He is portrayed by Academy-Award winner Tom Hanks as an adult (who was known for playing Paul Edgecomb in The Green Mile, John H. Miller in Saving Private Ryan, Woody from the Toy Story franchise, and Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Michael Conner Humphreys as a child.

Biography

His mother had named him after Nathan Bedford Forrest. It is unknown why this is, but his father was "on vacation", meaning he left forever. He also developed polio, causing him to wear leg braces. It was during childhood that he had met his love interest Jenny Curran while they were riding on the bus (that is, after trying to sit in certain spaces but was rejected by other kids, and then Jenny herself invited him to sit with her). He and Jenny got along and taught each other certain things, and they were friends throughout high school. Since childhood, Forrest had been running long ways.

When Forrest was in the army, he befriended Benjamin Bufford Blue, known as "Bubba", who eventually died in the Vietnam War, and started a successful shrimp company in Bubba's memory along with Lieutenant Dan, one of the many soldiers he saved in Vietnam. Forrest invested much of his newfound fortune into Apple, turning him into a millionaire and allowing him to give Bubba's family a more comfortable life, but never lost sight of the two women who he loved the most: Jenny and his own mother, both of whom he would lose to illness after the successful and adventurous life Forrest had led. He carried Jenny's legacy in raising their son Forrest Jr., whose genius Forrest holds in high esteem.

Trivia

  • He has an IQ of 75.
  • He is mildly autistic.
  • Before Tom Hanks was cast, John Travolta was the original choice to play the title role.
    • For another fact other than John Travolta himself. Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Sean Penn were also considered for the role.

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