“Forrest Gump” was considered one of Hollywood’s greatest hits of the 1990s, incomes six Oscars (together with a Finest Actor statue for star Tom Hanks) and bringing in additional than $677 million — so why wasn’t there a “Forrest Gump 2”?
Based on “Forrest Gump” screenwriter Eric Roth, there really have been plans for a sequel. As Roth tells Yahoo! Leisure, he even handed within the script, and shared particulars of the movie that would have been.
“It was gonna begin together with his little boy having AIDS,” says Roth, who not too long ago nabbed his fifth Oscar nomination for writing “A Star Is Born”.
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“And folks wouldn’t go to class with him in Florida. We had a humorous sequence the place they have been [desegregation] busing in Florida on the identical time, so individuals have been offended about both the busing, or [their] children having to go to high school with the child who had AIDS. So there was a giant battle.”
As within the first movie, Forrest was additionally going to come across some celebrities at key moments.
“I had him behind O.J.’s Bronco,” Roth mentioned of O.J. Simpson’s notorious 1994 slow-speed automobile chase. “He would search for sometimes, however they didn’t see him within the rearview mirror, after which he’d pop down.”
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Forrest additionally would have branched out from operating into ballroom dancing, which might have introduced have into contact with the world’s most beloved royal.
“I had him as a ballroom dancer who was actually good, he might do the [rotation] ballroom dancing. After which ultimately, simply as form of a charity sort of factor, he danced with Princess Diana,” revealed Roth.
Nonetheless, the 9/11 terrorist assaults led to the brakes being placed on the venture. Roth explains: “[Forrest] meets on a bus a Native American girl and finds his calling, as a bingo caller on a reservation. And the massive occasion in that, which you would see was diminished solely in tragedy, I suppose, as a result of it’s the identical tragedy, however day by day he’d go await his Native American associate. She taught nursery faculty at a authorities constructing in Oklahoma Metropolis. And he was sitting on the bench ready for her to have lunch and impulsively the constructing behind him blows up,” he divulged, referencing the 1995 Oklahoma Metropolis bombing.
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“Actually, I turned it within the day earlier than 9/11,” Roth mentioned. “And Tom [Hanks] and I and Bob [Zemeckis] bought collectively on 9/11 to form of commiserate about how life was in America and the way tragic it was. And we checked out one another and mentioned, ‘This film has no which means anymore, in that sense.’”