Bill Murrary, John travolta and Chevy Chase turned down the role of Forrest Gump. Travolta later admitted that passing on the role was a mistake.
Tom Hanks’ younger brother Jim Hanks doubled for him in many of his numerous running sequences.
Forrest and Dan’s Shrimp Emporium “Bubba Gump”, is now a themed restaurant with about 9 locations around the U.S.
During the ping-pong matches, there was no ball; it was entirely CGI, animated to meet the actors’ paddles
The line, “My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump,” was ad libbed by Tom Hanks while filming the scene and director Robert Zemekis liked it so much that he decided to keep it in.
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #76 Greatest Movie of All Time.
It took only 66 days for the film to pass the $250 million mark at the box office
Warner Bros. gave up the rights to the film in 1988, in exchange for the rights to Executive Decision (1996), because the studio felt that the project had lost its commercial promise in the wake of Rain Man (1988).
The disco and strip scenes were shot in the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California, as was the archive footage (1968) of Robert. F. Kennedy Jr, after he won the California Primary. RFK was gunned down in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel just minutes later.