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Forrest Gump Recast

The Results Are In: Recast Forrest Gump

Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar T-shirt!

You guys chipped in a lot of different ideas for this one, even though it's hard to imagine any other actors in this cast. I think the hardest role — and the most important, of course — is Forrest. It takes a special kind of actor to pull off this role in a charming and relatable way. I absolutely love jasmint's idea of Lee Pace, and I thought bigestivediscuit's Adam Sandler idea showed some good thinking.

Jenny's a tough one to replace, too, since the actress has to be believable as a teenager through to adulthood. Several of you suggested Sienna Miller which definitely captures the free-spirited side of the character. I also think Whip is right on the money with Reese Witherspoon, especially since we know she can nail that accent.

As for the other characters: khowell's idea of Matthew Fox to play Lt. Dan is cool, I agree with littlesnipsnap that a younger Forest Whitaker would make a great Bubba, and can't argue with paperdoll's suggestion for Forrest's mom, Susan Sarandon.

For the winner, I chose a recast list with good suggestions throughout — especially for Forrest and Lt. Dan. Congrats to alethe16!

To see who alethe16 chose, along with a new cast photo,


alethe16's cast list:
Forrest Gump — Ryan Gosling
Jenny Curran — Anne Hathaway
Lt. Dan Taylor — Robert Downey Jr.
Benjamin Buford "Buba" Blue — Don Cheadle
Mrs. Gump — Kyra Sedgwick

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bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
i think these are good picks - ryan gosling didn't even cross my mind. i was thinking of movies like spanglish and punch drunk love when i chose adam sandler.
littlesnipsnap littlesnipsnap 8 years
Great picks, alethe16, especially Ryan Gosling and Robert Downey Jr.! I LOVE these recasting challenges!
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
Great Picks! Especially Robert Downey Jr as Capt. Dan! Anne Hathaway has been trying to do less sweetheart roles lately (ie Rachel Getting Married), so she could handle this role.
paperdoll1 paperdoll1 8 years
Congrats to alethe16! I'm not convinced Ryan Gosling or Anne Hathaway could play these parts, they're way too 'nice' for this :/ I like Robert Downey Jr as Lt.Dan though, he'd be great. I think of all the recast entries i liked kittyhill's one better. But this movie should never be redone, it's already perfect as it is..
dani-v dani-v 8 years
I dont think Anne could pull off Jennys character, shes too much of a sweetheart to me.
alethe16 alethe16 8 years
Awesome!! I think after you see Anne in Rachel's Wedding, you'll see that she really has the range to pull off a part like Jenny.
chipjimi chipjimi 8 years
As much as I hate to admit this but I thknk Sienna Miller would make a good Jenny
millarci millarci 8 years
finally! I know all these people. In most recast challenges, I maybe know one or two of the actors/actresses....
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
I think Gosling would rock the role. He's already proven he has range.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I think most of the choices are good, but I don't think Anne Hathaway would be good in this role.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Robert Downey Jr. and Kyra Sedgwick are the best choices. Ryan Gosling might look the part, but I don't think he could carry it.
smugirl smugirl 8 years
I could see Ryan as Forest. I also really like the suggestion of Sienna Miller as Jenny and Susan Sarandon as the mother. Blake Lively could be a good Jenny too. If going with a brunette for Jenny I could imagine Rachel Bilson in the roll before Anne Hathaway.
spacebear spacebear 8 years
the photos are hilarious!
ehadams ehadams 8 years
I don't see Ryan in this. I like RDJ in this part though. But I think this is one movie that should not be recast or redone...
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Tough movie to recast, for sure. Some good suggestions all around.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
i dont mind these except anne--i really cant stand her and think she would ruin this character!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
hmm not sure about these. Anne Hathaway just never came across to me as free spirited.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
no comment. :(
nat1 nat1 8 years
Ryan is a cutie, there´s no way he could pull that off just like Tom did!
JaeB JaeB 8 years
...What a horrible idea. XD;
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