The actor has teamed up with director Robert Zemeckis to pick up the tab. Tom Hanks has revealed he has dug deep into his own pockets to help bring “Forrest Gump” to the big screen.
In a new interview on ‘In Depth with Graham Bensinger,’ the 64-year-old actor claimed he invested money for the iconic film after director Robert Zemeckis said studios couldn’t cover the costs of a few key scenes – including that of Forrest crossing America.
“We called it ‘The Run’ and I said, ‘Why [Zemeckis] Talk to me? This is the boss that I will do whatever he says. That’s above my salary, “the star joked.” And he came and we talked and he said, ‘Look, you’re Forrest Gump, you’re the title role in all of this. I need you to be not an actor but my soul mate. I’ll open up the cuts and talk about all aspects of post-production with you if you’re my collaborator and not just my employee. ”
Hanks said he was on board immediately.
“And [Zemeckis] said, “Well this race is going to cost X amount of dollars. And it wasn’t cheap. And I said, ‘Okay. “’Hanks continued. He said: ‘You and I are going to share this amount, and we are going to give it back [to Paramount]. We will refund you, but you guys [Paramount] will have to share the profits a little more. What the studio said: “Fabulous, great. Okay.’ And it was good for us too. “
Hanks then claimed that he and Zemekis ended up coughing up their own money again when the studio couldn’t get insurance coverage for a scene due to bad weather.
“Bob and I said, ‘We’ll cover the insurance,’” Hanks explained. “And we did. So it ended up being really easy after that. “
The investment turned out to be worthwhile as the 1994 film became a huge commercial and critical success. And brought Hanks his second Oscar for Best Actor.
Watch the full interview above!
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