Forrest Was Under Some Type Of Investigation
When Forrest finally gets off that bench and visits Jenny, she shows him her lovingly assembled stalker scrapbook about him. It's mostly news clippings about the time he ran across the country and grew a sweet beard, but then there's this headline:
Paramount PicturesHow Robert Zemeckis got the idea for Cast Away.
"Investigation Of Gump To Continue In Hometown." Hmmm. The article's text reads: "Friends of Forrest Gump have been characteristically evasive in their conjecture regarding his actions. 'He never knew what he was doing' said [some guy]. Most people who grew up with him have strong opinions of him. Twelve out of twenty people would say only 'He's an idiot,' as if that should explain everything."
Huh, that's a weirdly accusatory tone for an article about a guy who got famous for running a lot. But what else could this "investigation" be about? Despite secretly influencing some of the most important events in the 20th century, Forrest is still relatively anonymous. The people on that bench have no clue who he is. Why is that?
Well, aside from his cross-country run and being great at ping pong, the most noteworthy thing Forrest has done is stumble ass-backwards into a fortune by founding the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Forrest is a millionaire by now ... Or is he?
Why Is A Millionaire Wearing Such Ratty Shoes?
Let's go back to Forrest sitting on that bench. Notice anything weird about his feet?
Paramount PicturesOther than the fact that they still work after sustaining so much abuse.