Celebrating 20 Years of 'Forrest Gump,' Movie Heads to IMAX
By Denny Directo
It's been 20 years since the world found out that life is like a box a chocolates in 1994's Forrest Gump. In honor of the milestone anniversary, the beloved film is returning to theaters in a big way!
Beginning today, fans can relive the story of Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks), an unintelligent man who finds himself accidentally at the forefront of many historical moments, for a limited one-week run in IMAX theaters nationwide. And ET is giving you a special look back at the award-winning film, including rare interviews with Hanks and Michael Connor Humphreys who played Young Forrest.
Humphreys was just 7-years-old when he got the role and we spoke with the now 29-year-old who had a heavy influence on Hank's take on older Forrest.
"Young Michael Connor plays Little Forrest. When he's a young boy, had a very distinctive way of talking," Hanks told ET in 1994. "We were able to listen to that and transpose it to the adult Forrest Gump."
Humphreys explains that he and Hanks became fast friends on the set telling ET, "He really made an effort to kind of help me make it through the project, and introduce me to what I'd be doing and we ended up spending a lot of our time together."
The Robert Zemeckis drama debuted in the summer of ‘94 and was a runaway box office hit. The next year it would take home six Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and a Best Actor trophy for Tom Hanks.
Check out the video for more behind-the-scenes interviews, rare screen tests and fun Gump trivia you might not have known.