Tom Hanks has put in his own money to finance some of the parts of Forrest Gump.
During an interview, the 64-year-old actor spoke out about investing some of his own money into the film that would go on to earn him the Oscar for Best Actor.
One of the scenes that Tom backed, along with filmmaker Robert Zemeckis was the run across America.
“And [Zemeckis] said ‘Well, this run is going to cost X amount of dollars.’ And it wasn’t cheap. And I said ‘ok,’” he shared on In Depth with Graham Bensinger.
“He said, ‘You and I are going to split that amount, and we’re going to give it back [to Paramount]. We’ll give you the money back, but you guys [Paramount] are going to have to share the profits a little bit more.’ Which the studio said ‘Fabulous, great. ok.’ And it was good for us, too.”
The deal gave both Tom and Robert a larger percentage of the film’s box office gross, and eventually earned them about $65 million in profits from the movie.
Hanks also recalled he and the filmmaker split the costs on another occasion too, without specifying which scene. “They said, ‘The weather is such that we can’t get the insurance coverage on it,’ the studio said, ‘So you guys can’t shoot.’ And Bob and I said, ‘We’ll cover the insurance.’ And we did.”
Tom Hanks also detailed on the podcast how he initially struggled to get into character, so much so that the first three days of footage weren’t used in the end.