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