“Forrest Gump” screenwriter Eric Roth revealed he deliberate to have Tom Hanks’ character meet Princess Diana and journey at the back of O.J. Simpson’s Bronco within the notorious 1994 automotive chase earlier than the sequel was in the end scrapped following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror assaults.
Roth advised Yahoo Leisure on Monday that the plot to the Oscar-winning movie’s sequel would have centered on occasions within the 1990s, however the film would’ve begun with addressing the well being of Forrest Junior, performed by Haley Joel Osment. Within the first film, it was implied the boy’s mom Jenny, performed by Robin Wright, died from HIV/AIDS.
“It was gonna begin along with his little boy having AIDS,” Roth stated. “And folks wouldn’t go to class with him in Florida. We had a humorous sequence the place they had been [desegregation] busing in Florida on the similar time, so folks had been offended about both the busing, or [their] children having to go to high school with the child who had AIDS. So there was an enormous battle.”
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Like the primary movie, Gump can be positioned in actual life occasions.
“I had him at the back of O.J.’s [White Ford] Bronco,” Roth stated, referring to the 1994 police chase in Los Angeles. “[Gump] would search for often, however they didn’t see him within the rearview mirror, after which he’d pop down.
“I had him as a ballroom dancer who was actually good, he might do the [rotation] ballroom dancing. After which finally, simply as kind of a charity type of factor, he danced with Princess Diana,” the screenwriter added.
Roth advised Yahoo Leisure he in the end determined to not transfer ahead with “Forrest Gump 2” as a result of the film wouldn’t have any which means anymore after the 9/11 assaults.
“Actually, I turned [a draft of the script] within the day earlier than 9/11,” Roth recalled. “And Tom and I and Bob received collectively on 9/11 to kind of commiserate about how life was in America and the way tragic it was. And we checked out one another and stated, ‘This film has no which means anymore, in that sense.’”
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Roth stated his plan for the way the sequel would finish additionally made the movie meaningless following the phobia assaults.
“[Gump] meets on a bus a Native American lady and finds his calling, as a bingo caller on a reservation. And the massive occasion in that, which you may see was diminished solely in tragedy, I assume, as a result of it’s the identical tragedy, however on daily basis he’d go watch for his Native American accomplice,” Roth stated.
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“She taught nursery college at a authorities constructing in Oklahoma Metropolis. And he was sitting on the bench ready for her to have lunch and abruptly the constructing behind him blows up. … So, when 9/11 occurred … every little thing felt meaningless,” he stated.
“Forrest Gump” gained a slew of awards in 1995, together with the Oscars for greatest image and greatest writing tailored screenplay.