Forrest Gump: the Facts, the Bloopers, the Trivia

A Real Medal of Honor

One of the many amazing things about the movie was how they made it look like Forrest was really a part of real-life historical events. Like when Forrest meets Lyndon B. Johnson to receive his Medal of Honor for bravery in Vietnam.

Source: The Unwritten Record – National Archives

That bit of real video came from the 1968 ceremony of Sammy L. Davis, who really did receive the prestigious award for his service in Vietnam. Hanks’s face was digitally placed onto Davis’s body to give the illusion that he was standing face-to-face with President Johnson. They did a good job. Well done crew!

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