It’s been twenty-five years since Tom Hanks forever ran into our hearts as Forrest Gump, the lovable simpleton from Greenbow, Alabama.
My first memories of “Forrest Gump” came from the numerous billboards I would see as I traveled to and from work. “Gump Happens” and “Hanks Is Gump” they read.
I know it’s a movie starring Tom Hanks, I thought. But what the hell is Gump?
I was on vacation in Florida when the movie was released and I saw clips of the film on the TV in my hotel room. Everyone was talking about it. When I saw a trailer depicting the scene where Forrest visits the White House and shows LBJ where he got shot, I knew I had to see the remainder of the film.
I had been a big Tom Hanks fan before “Forrest Gump” but his role as Forrest made me a fan for life. To date Forrest Gump is my favorite Tom Hanks’ character. Twenty-five years later this movie still resonates with me. It’s easy to remember all the scenes. All the supporting characters such as Lt. Dan, Bubba and of course, Jenny. And the quotes are something to live by.
Here’s to another twenty-five years of “Forrest Gump”.