• 'Forrest Gump' is one of Hollywood's most iconic films
  • The film turns 30 years old today
  • HERE are some facts about the film that many don't know

Here are some interesting facts about the film's production that you may not have known. At first, nobody wanted Tom Hanks to star in the title role. Which is hard to imagine now after the film's success! Director Robert Zemeckis is said to have wanted Bill Paxton, whom the studios turned down as not having enough star power.

Can you imagine what would have been?

Comedian Dave Chappelle turned down the role of "Bubba" in the film. How different that would have made things! It was a family affair for Hanks. Jim Hanks, his brother who is also an actor and filmmaker, doubled for his older brother on set. What about the famous dialogue?

Also interesting:

Tom Hanks ad-libbed one of the film’s most memorable lines. When "Bubba" says to "Forrest", “My given name is Benjamin Buford Blue, but people call me ‘Bubba’...”. Hanks went off script and said: "My name is Forrest Gump. People call me ‘Forrest Gump.’” Zemeckis loved it, kept it in the film, and the rest is quotable history...

Watch the video above to learn more!