Tom Hanks Doubted ‘Forrest Gump’ and Got Warned the Film Was a ‘Minefield’ That Could ‘Blow Our Nuts Right Off’: ‘Is Anybody Going to Care?’ |

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With complete $678 cardinal astatine nan worldwide container agency and six Academy Award wins, including champion picture, “Forrest Gump” remains 1 of Tom Hanks’ biggest sensations moreover if reception towards nan movie has turned much divisive successful caller years. During a caller New Yorker Live event to beforehand his caller book, “The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece,” Hanks admitted he doubted if anyone would attraction astir nan 1994 humanities fabrication epic. “Forrest Gump” head Robert Zemeckis moreover warned Hanks nan movie would beryllium “a minefield.”

“I say, ‘Hey Bob, I’ve sewage a mobility for you. Is anybody going to attraction astir this movie?’” Hanks said. “This feline sitting connected a point successful these goofy shoes and this cuckoo suit pinch a suitcase afloat of ‘Curious George’ books and worldly for illustration that…are we doing thing present that is going to make immoderate consciousness to anybody? And Bob said, ‘It’s a minefield, Tom. It’s a minefield. We whitethorn beryllium sowing nan seeds of our ain destruction. Any footstep we return tin beryllium a bouncing Betty that’ll rustle our nuts correct off.’”

“Bob Zemeckis — God bless him, I’ve worked pinch him much than erstwhile — landed connected nan absolute truth of anybody who has gone guardant and said, we are going to perpetrate thing to movie today, and yet we’ll trim this into something,” Hanks added. “You do not cognize if it is going to activity out.”

Hanks, who won nan Oscar for champion character acknowledgment to his capacity successful “Forrest Gump,” revealed connected the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast past twelvemonth that ideas for a imaginable sequel to nan movie were floated astir fixed its monolithic success.

“I will opportunity that, pinch a agelong clip successful between, we did return a stab astatine talking astir different ‘Forrest Gump’ that lasted each of 40 minutes,” Hanks said. “And past we never…we said, ‘Guys, travel on.’”

“A smart point I did is I’ve ne'er signed a statement that had a contractual responsibility to a sequel,” Hanks added. “I’ve ever said, ‘Guys, if there’s a logic to do it, let’s do it. But you guys can’t unit me.’ There is that earthy inclination that is 1 of axenic commerce that says, ‘Hey, you conscionable had a hit, truthful do it again and you’ll person a hit.’”

Hanks astir precocious starred successful Sony’s container agency deed “A Man Called Otto,” which is now disposable to watercourse connected Netflix. His book, “The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece,” released connected May 9.