[post_page_title]Forrest’s heavy Southern accent was a thing[/post_page_title]
After an hour and a half of reading the script, Tom Hanks told director Robert Zemeckis that he would love to play Forrest Gump, but only if the film would be accurate historically.
In addition to the plot, Hanks didn’t like Forrest’s heavy Southern accent and wanted to gently tame it. The director convinced Tom to go for the heavier accent and Tom agreed after he also heard the actor playing the younger Forrest’s accent, which was Southern in reality.
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