And yes, I'm aware the original film tackled everything from child abuse to Vietnam to capping everything off with AIDS references. But this sounds positively grim.
"Literally, I turned it in the day before 9/11. Tom and I and (director Robert Zemeckis) got together on 9/11 to sort of commiserate about how life was in America and how tragic it was. And we looked at each other and said, 'This movie has no meaning anymore,' in that sense."
"It was gonna start with his little boy having AIDS. And people wouldn't go to class with him in Florida. We had a funny sequence where they were (desegregation) busing in Florida at the same time, so people were angry about either the busing, or kids having to go to school with the kid who had AIDS. So there was a big conflict."
"I had (Forrest) in the back of (O.J. Simpson's) Bronco. He would look up occasionally, but they didn't see him in the rearview mirror, and then he'd pop down."
"The big event in that, which you could see was only diminished in tragedy, I guess, because it's the same tragedy. Every day he'd go wait for his native American partner. She taught nursery school at, sort of a government building in Oklahoma City. And he was sitting on the bench waiting for her to have lunch, and all of the sudden the building behind him blows up."
"I had him as a ballroom dancer who was really good, he could do the (rotation) ballroom dancing,'' Roth said. "And then eventually, just as sort of a charity kind of thing, he danced with Princess Diana."