Tom Hanks made an eye-watering amount for Forrest Gump after inserting genius clause into his contract
Tom Hanks reportedly earned an eye-watering $40 million for his role in the Oscar winning film Forrest Gump.
The Hollywood actor, 66, played the lead role in the hit movie and won his second Best Actor Oscar in a row for it.
The film was adapted from the then little-known novel of the same name by Winston Groom, which became both the highest-grossing movie of 1994 and it also won Best Picture at the Oscars.
Tom made $40 million for starring in the film after negotiating a specific clause in his contract, that saw him take home earnings based on a portion of box office receipts rather than a flat fee for his acting role.
Tom and Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis both earned extra after each investing their own funds to keep scenes in the movie that Paramount Pictures wasn’t willing to pay for.
Impressive: Tom Hanks reportedly earned an eye-watering $40 million for his role in the Oscar winning film Forrest Gump
Official records of Hanks’ earnings have never been shared but it is thought the star could have walked away with a total earnings of $60 million for his role in the film.
The film was produced on a modest $55 million budget but it went on to take the box office by storm earning $330.4 million domestic and $678.2 million worldwide.
Forrest Gump was nominated for 13 Oscars, winning six for Best Picture, Best Actor (Hanks), Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), Best Adapted Screenplay (Eric Roth), Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects.
Tom revealed last year he wasn’t entirely sure about the now-iconic bus bench scenes.
Hanks was promoting his new film Elvis in an interview with CinemaBlend, when he admitted that he didn’t think anyone would be interested in the bus bench scenes of Forrest Gump.
The bus bench scenes anchored the movie, with Hanks’ title character regaling strangers with various tales throughout his incredible life.
Career: The Hollywood actor, 66, played the lead role in the hit movie and won his second Best Actor Oscar in a row for it
Still, he never quite grasped the weight of these scenes, and said he wasn’t sure how they’d even be used in the movie.
‘I will tell you, in Forrest Gump, all the stuff that we shot on the park bench in Savannah, Georgia, we were just shooting fodder for a possible narrative piece of it,’ Hanks admitted.
‘And I said to Bob [Zemeckis], “Is anyone going to care about this nut sitting on a [bench]? What is this? No one knows what’s in this [box] I mean,”‘ Hanks added.
‘We ended up shooting, it was probably like, you know, 13 pages of dialogue that we had to shoot in a day and a half,’ Hanks admitted.
‘It was written on cue cards, [and] I didn’t need the cue cards after a while because you get into it,’ Hanks said, before revealing what the director said to him about the scenes.
‘But Bob says, “I don’t know, it’s a minefield, Tom, it’s a minefield. You never know what people are gonna take away from it!” And it ends up being, you know, that thing’ Hanks said.
Fan favourite: The film was adapted from the then little-known novel of the same name by Winston Groom, which became both the highest-grossing movie of 1994 and it also won Best Picture at the Oscars
Tom has appeared in a stunning 85 films over his 50 year career.
He shared that he feels only about four of them were ‘pretty good. But the Hollywood heavy refused to name them.
As well as Forrest Gump, some of his top films have been Big, Sleepless In Seattle, Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan, You’ve Got Mail, Cast Away, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood and Elvis. His next movie is Pinocchio.
‘I’ve made a ton of movies, and four of them are pretty good, I think, and I’m still amazed at how films come together. From a flicker of an idea to the flickering image onscreen, the whole process is a miracle,’ he shared with People.
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