Tom Hanks Gave Up Salary For Forrest Gump In Exchange For Points: He Chose Wisely

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In hindsight, it's easy to say, sure, Forrest Gump was an enormous hit that hit an emotional touchstone with audiences and critics alike when it was in theaters in the summer of 1994. The film was nominated for 13 Oscars and won six including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Worldwide box office back in 1994-1995 for the film was in excess of $525 million (and today is $678 million). But two years before the film hit the box office, Tom Hanks made a risky decision. The sweet, old fashioned tale of a man who had an intellectual disability was a huge gamble for the studio with a first time producer in Wendy Finerman and for the director Robert Zemeckis and star Tom Hanks. Which makes the fact that Tom Hanks gave up his salary for Forrest Gump in exchange for points a big deal.