(via Neatorama) John Travolta was the studio’s original choice to play the title character in the 1994 movie Forrest Gump. Travolta declined and the role was next offered to both Bill Murray and Chevy Chase, both of whom also said no. Paramount soon had to “settle for” Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks to take over the lead. Hanks decided to accept the role on the condition that the film be historically accurate.
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