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Tom Hanks paid for iconic Forrest Gump scene out of his own pocket: ‘It wasn’t cheap’

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Tom Hanks had to personally pay for an iconic scene in Forrest Gump when the studio didn’t cough up.

Director Robert Zemeckis was keen to shoot Forrest running across America but they couldn’t get the funding.

The actor, who played the titular character in the 1994 film, said he and Robert banded together as ‘soulmates’ to make the moment happen.

Speaking to In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Tom said: ‘We called it The Run and I said, “Why is he talking to me? He’s the boss I’ll do whatever he says. This is above my paygrade.” And Bob came and we talked and he said: “Look, you are Forrest Gump, you’re the title role in this. I need you to be not an actor but my soulmate. I will open up the cuts and talk about every aspect of the post production of this with you if you will be my collaborator and not just my employee.”

‘I said, “Deal, let’s do that” He said, “Well this run is going to cost X amount of dollars” and it wasn’t cheap. I said “Okay you and I are going to split that amount and we’re gonna give it back.”.’

He told the studio, Paramount, at the time that the scene would be paid for, but it would have to ‘share the profits a little bit more’.

Tom Hanks as the titular character in Forrest Gump (Picture: Paramount)

Tom continued: ‘To which the studio said, “Fabulous, great, okay, it’s good for us too.”

‘It happened again, they said “We can’t get the insurance so you can’t shoot” and Bob and I said, “Okay we’ll cover the insurance”, and we did. So it ended up being very easy after that.’

Forrest runs across America in the film (Picture: Paramount Pictures)

Forrest Gump, about a man with a low I.Q. who longs to be with his childhood sweetheart, won best picture at the Oscars in 1995 with Tom winning the best actor award.

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