There are movies which cannot be ignored. Forrest Gump is certainly one of them. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Eric Roth, the story of Forrest Gump, a boy with a low IQ, but a good and noble heart, was shot in 1994.
This TV production enchanted not only the audience but also the critics, and the confirmation of the great value of the film were its 6 Oscars. Many scenes of the filming have gained cult status, e.g. The scene when the young Forrest begins to run away from pestering boys with Jenny shouting Run Forrest, run is one of the most famous movie quotes. This unforgettable scene was played by Michael Conner Humphreys, then an 8-year-old boy.
The participation in the film was a great adventure for Michael, who greatly influenced his life. The boy came in contact with many wonderful people and traveled the world with the release and promotion of Forrest Gump. 22 years after of theatrical release, it turns out that Michael has much in common with the main character of the film. He also he joined the army.
The boy on orthopedic rails touched audiences worldwide.
At the age of 18, Michael decided to join the US Army. He enlisted in the infantry and approached his service with great passion. When he became a specialist, he was sent on a mission to Iraq. He spent 18 months at war and luckily returned home safe and sound.
His army dream was born on the film set.
What else do Michael and Forrest have in common? You’ll find that out on the next page.