28 Fun and Surprising Facts About Forrest Gump

3. Tom Hanks learned his Forrest Gump accent from his young co-star, Michael Conner Humphreys.

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When Hanks signed on for the role of Forrest Gump, he wanted to tone down the Southern accent. Director Robert Zemeckis encouraged him to give the thick accent a try, claiming it imperative to the story line. Hanks agreed and modeled his dialect after Humphreys, the actor who played young Forrest Gump and had an authentic southern accent.


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