28 Fun and Surprising Facts About Forrest Gump

22. The role of the reporter went to world’s luckiest tourist.

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Unbelievable Facts

You know the scene where Forrest visits Washington D.C. after his Vietnam tour?  The man who plays the reporter is not an actor at all; he is a real-life, normal tourist from Atlanta, Georgia.  He happened to be in D.C. the day the film was shooting, touring Capitol Hill with his wife when Forrest Gump producers asked him to read for the role. Talk about a memorable vacation!


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