This Is How Tom Hanks Got The Iconic Accent For Forrest Gump

February 15, 2016

Before filming Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks was asked how he wanted Michael Conner Humphreys (young Forrest) to speak so that there was continuity from young Forrest to grown-up Forrest.

Instead, Tom decided to imitate Humphreys' thick North Mississippi accent, and thus the iconic Gump accent was born.

Below is a clip from original test scenes showing Hanks' original portrait of Gump before the voice adaption:

In this interview, Tom explains the voice adaption that changed everything:

This is why Tom Hanks is a true actor.

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