Tom Hanks Reveals He Paid For Some 'Forrest Gump' Scenes Himself!

Tom Hanks Reveals He Paid For Some 'Forrest Gump' Scenes Himself!
September 24, 2020 - 20:09 / Amanda Stanford

The iconic movie Forrest Gump not only warmed the hearts of viewers everywhere, but the Oscar-winning performance done by Tom Hanks came at a hefty price! Hanks revealed how he actually helped pay for some of the scenes himself. 

Winning the Oscar for best actor for his role in Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks revealed that the role itself didn't come without a cost! 

While Hanks and the director, Robert Zemeckis, had a certain vision for the film, their budget didn't always agree with it! Swooping in to save the day, Hanks forked over a few shiny coins, all to make sure the film would be something special.

Tom Hanks paid for some Forrest Gump scenes

As it turns out, Tom Hanks says that his role of "Forrest Gump" didn't come without a cost. The Oscar-winning actor revealed that Paramount didn't want to cover anymore budget for the film, so Hanks made sure the vision was followed through!

Tom Hanks attends the 18th Annual AFI Awards.

During an appearance for the podcast In Depth With Graham Bensinger, Hanks revealed that he was told Paramount wouldn't fund any of the scenes where "Forrest Gump" runs across the country.

But the director Zemeckis knew how pivotal of a moment that was for the character and the storyline, and relayed to Hanks how disappointed he was. 

As it turns out, Zemeckis had a plan. "He said, 'Well, this run is going to cost X amount of dollars.' And it wasn't cheap. And I said, 'OK,'" said Hanks.

"He said, 'You and I are going to split that amount, and we're going to give it back [to Paramount]. We'll give you the money back, but you guys [Paramount] are going to have to share the profits a little bit more.' Which the studio said, 'Fabulous, great. OK.' And it was good for us, too," he continued.

Apparently, this happened a second time during the film, although it wasn't specified which one when the insurance company refused to fork over more cash due to bad weather.

"They said, 'The weather is such that we can't get the insurance coverage on it,'" Hanks recalled. "The studio said, 'So you guys can't shoot.' And Bob and I said, 'We'll cover the insurance.' And we did."

The gamble ended up paying off, as the film grossed $330 million domestically and over $1 billion internationally.

It was reported at the time that Hanks himself made $65 million off of the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter