“Is anybody going to care about this movie?”: Tom Hanks Was Afraid His $679 Million Movie Was Going to be a Huge Disaster

"Is anybody going to care about this movie?": Tom Hanks Was Afraid His $679 Million Movie Was Going to be a Huge Disaster
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Tom Hanks is a beloved actor with a long list of critically acclaimed films. However, even he has experienced moments of doubt regarding the success of his projects. `Hanks recently revealed that he was afraid his hit movie Forrest Gump would be a huge disaster.


The movie, released in 1994 and became a box office sensation, tells the story of a simple man with a big heart who unwittingly becomes part of some of the most defining moments in American history. Despite the film’s eventual success, Hanks had concerns about whether audiences would connect with the story and the characters.

Tom Hanks’ Initial Doubts

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks

During a conversation at the New Yorker Live event in New York City, Tom Hanks shared his concerns with Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis.


“I say, ‘Hey Bob, I’ve got a question for you. Is anybody going to care about this movie?’ This guy sitting on a thing in these goofy shoes and this cuckoo suit with a suitcase full of ‘Curious George’ books and stuff like that… are we doing anything here that is going to make any sense to anybody? And Bob said, ‘It’s a minefield, Tom. It’s a minefield. We may be sowing the seeds of our own destruction. Any footstep we take can be a Bouncing Betty that’ll blow our nuts right off.’”

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Hanks’ doubts about the success of Forrest Gump are indicative of the unpredictable nature of the movie industry. No matter how talented the cast and crew may be, there is always a chance that a movie will fail to resonate with audiences.

Countless factors can influence the success of a movie, including marketing, competition, and even current events. Sometimes, a movie may fail to connect with audiences for reasons that are difficult to predict.


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Creating A Compelling Story For Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks

Despite the inherent risks involved in making a movie, there are a few things that filmmakers can do to increase their chances of success. One of the most important is to create a compelling story that resonates with audiences on an emotional level.

This can be easier said than done, but it is essential for a movie to connect with viewers truly. In the case of Forrest Gump, the movie’s success is largely attributed to the compelling story at its core. Tom Hanks‘ Forrest Gump is a simple man with a big heart who unwittingly becomes a part of some of the most defining moments in American history.


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The movie’s love, loss, and perseverance themes resonate with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, making it a timeless classic. Another key factor in a movie’s success is marketing. A well-executed marketing campaign can generate buzz and excitement for a movie, which can help to drive ticket sales.

However, even the most effective marketing campaign can only do so much if the movie is not compelling. In the case of Forrest Gump, the marketing campaign was expertly executed. The movie’s trailer showcased some of the most memorable moments from the film, including Forrest Gump’s famous run across the country and his meeting with President Kennedy.


Source: Variety 

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