In 1994, filmmaker Robert Zemeckis released one of the biggest hits of his career: “Forrest Gump”. A cult work that offers the incredible story of this character embodied by the great Tom Hanks. A grandiose initiatory story that the hero tells to passers-by, seated on a bench. But by the way, what has become of this iconic object from Robert Zemeckis’ film?
Forrest Gump: huge classic
Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis began his career in the late 1970s. After a few short films, he launched himself into the deep end in 1978 with Crazy Day. He met his first commercial success a few years later with In pursuit of the green diamond. Subsequently, the director has a string of successes with films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Contact, Forrest Gump, and of course the trilogy Back to the future. His latest film, holy witches, dates back to 2020 and was released direct to video last year in France.
Thus, in 1994, a few years before Alone in the world, Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis team up for Forrest Gump. A cult work that wins 6 Oscars out of his 13 nominations including the statuettes of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Just that. At the box office, the work brings in more than 678 million dollars in revenue for a budget of 55 million.
Where did the film bench go?
The story follows Forrest Gump, a man like no other, who tells his unique story to passers-by on the street. The protagonist sits on a bench, with his box of chocolates, and lists his adventures to anyone who wants to hear them. This famous brown bench has become an iconic object of the film, so much so that it was chosen to appear on the official poster of the feature film. But what happened to this bench?
First of all, you have to know that 5 benches were built for the needs of the film. After the end of filming, these 5 benches were scattered all over America. The iconic bench, the one used in the feature film, is currently located in the city of Savannah, Georgia. Another was sent to the Smithsonian Institute while two others were retained by Paramount and are exhibited in his studios. Finally, for the last copy, this one was given to a movie security guard. IMDb reports that numerous offers have been made to him for the purchase of this emblematic object, ranging sometimes up to $500,000, but that they were all declined by this famous security guard. The class!
But the story of the original bench, the one located at Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia, is very special. It is a fiberglass bench, which was used for the film. Since then, it has been removed and placed in a museum to protect it from bad weather or hypothetical thieves. Still, the bench that Forrest Gump sat on is on display at the Savannah History Museum.