Forrest Gump was a classic film and there's no arguing it. It was a film that just about everyone loved. And why wouldn't they! You had classic lines, historical nods that got you childishly excited and the running! The movie really inspired you to get on there and do what you want no matter how hard it is and no matter your situation. I, of course, didn't hurt to have Tom Hanks as your flawless lead.
An Epic Romantic Comedy Drama
Maybe there are still a few aspects of the film that are overlooked and underrepresented. 'Forrest Gump' was a romantic comedy drama based on the 1986 novel bearing the same name. The movie followed a good-hearted and slow-witted man from Alabama involved in important cultural events of the 20th century.
Meet Forrest Gump
In the beginning of the movie our protagonist, Forrest Gump is introduced to us with a medical condition forcing him to wear leg braces. But he won't be wearing them for long as he runs into our hearts and film history.
The female lead, Jenny, was played by young Hanna Hall. Hanna did a truly excellent job with the role and it wasn't hard to see what Forrest saw in her. She exuded a charm and charisma well beyond her years.
What Happened to Them?
Have you ever found yourself, after sitting through yet another cherished viewing of 'Forrest Gump', wondering what happened to those kids? They played their roles so well and convincingly surely they had bright futures ahead of them.
Michael Connor Humphreys
Michael Connor Humphreys was the child actor that played the role of Forrest Gump as a young boy. Due to 'Forrest Gump's military setting Humphrey's was introduced to and inspired by real life marines on set. He signed up for the U.S. Army in 2004.
A Real-Life Hero
In 2008 Michael Connor Humphreys left to fight in Iraq and served for 18 months overseas. He says he was most defiantly inspired and influence by his acting experience to sign up for duty. His nick name in camp was obviously Gump.
After His Service
After returning from Iraq Michael Connor Humphreys left the armed forces to study international relations at the university of North Alabama. Acquiring a tertiary education and looking for other ways to work towards peace and be a hero.
A Runner Too
Recently Michael Connor Humphreys ran a 6 mile charity run continuing to showcase his generous soul. People in the crowd cheered him on shouting "Run, Forrest Run!". He had a small role in 'Pathfinders' but has done no other acting since.
And Now Jenny
Jenny was the love of Forrest's life. She was always the home Forrest was surviving for and running to get back too. The love between these two characters is truly beautiful. And Forrest's devotion to Jenny an inspiration to romantics worldwide.
The little Hanna Hall we saw on screen in 'Forrest Gump' as young Jenny is all grown up. She was an undeniably pretty and talented little girl and has grown up to be an accomplished and dedicated beautiful woman, staying true to the arts.
Hanna Hall made more of a go of her acting career than her child co-star Michael Connor Humphreys. Shortly after her role in 'Forrest Gump' she starred as an orphaned child in 196 TV movie 'Homecoming' that co-starred Anne Bancroft.
The End of Acting
She also appeared in Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of Halloween as Judith Myers, but by now it was clear that her acting career had not taken off as she had hoped. She also appeared in Sofia Coppola's movie adaption of 'The Virgin Suicides'.
Lots of Appearances
She made many short appearances in films but never managed to get any decent or major roles. She also made an appearance on the tv show 'Criminal Minds' and in 2009 was in the independent comedy 'American Cowslip' opposite Val Kilmer and Cloris Leachman.
In 2012, at the age of 32 she began working as an underground theatre director in Venice California. Returning to a more original form of the art, moving acting and performance back to the stage instead of the silver screen.
What About Bubba of Bubba Gump Shrimps?
The actor Mykelti Williamson in addition to his role in 'Forrest Gump' was on the TV version of 'Twelve Angry Men' and the TV show 'Ali and The Lucky Number Slevin'. He's also made appearances on 'Final Destination' and 'The Purge: Election Year', as well as 'CSI: New York'.
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