Tom Hanks Wasn’t First Pick
It’s normal for producers to attach various actors to a film leading up to the actual filming of the movie. For the role of Gump, John Travolta, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray all had their chance to be Forrest but passed. This is a normal part of the process, although sometimes actors regret passing on a role. These three weren’t the only ones on Gump, but we’ll come back to that.