28 Fun and Surprising Facts About Forrest Gump

2.  Forrest Gump was originally a novel and, in the book, he was not such a happy-go-lucky guy.

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The author of the book, Winston Groom, wrote his Forrest as a heavyset man who has cynical and almost rude character. The script writers are the ones who decided the main character of the film needed a bit sunnier of a disposition.  For instance, the famous movie line, “Life is like a box of chocolates- you never know what you’re gonna get.” reads much differently in the book.  Groom’s novel opens with the line, “Let me say this: being a idiot is no box of chocolates.”


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