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Recast Forrest Gump

Recast Forrest Gump and Win a Prize!

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!

That adorable moment between Tom Hanks and Sally Fields at the Emmys made me a little nostalgic for Robert Zemeckis's movie Forest Gump, so I thought I'd put it to a recast. (Sidenote: Remember how popular the soundtrack was, too? I totally had that thing on constant rotation at the time.)

So, who would you cast as the big-hearted lead character Forrest? I'm going to go ahead and say it's not fair to suggest Colin Hanks because he looks and sounds just like his father (seriously it's getting creepy!) — it's too easy! And what pretty lady would you cast as his life-long love, Jenny Curran (originally portrayed by Robin Wright Penn)?

What about Forrest's best buddies Lt. Dan Taylor ("Lieutenant Dan! Ice cream!") and Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue? Finally, what gentle but firm soul could play Forrest's mom Mrs. Gump as lovingly as Sally Field's could?

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, Sept. 30, complete with a "new" cast photo. To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,


Characters to recast
Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)
Jenny Curran (Robin Wright Penn)
Lt. Dan Taylor (Gary Sinise)
Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue (Mykelti Williamson)
Mrs. Gump (Sally Field)

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alynn alynn 8 years
Forest Gump - Jim Carrey Jenny Curran - Julie Benz Lt. Dan Taylor - Greg Kinnear Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue - Larry Gilliard, Jr. (D'Angelo Barksdale on The Wire) Mrs. Gump - Susan Sarandon (I realize I echo many in saying this)
Pocko Pocko 8 years
Forest Gump - Jamie Bell Jenny Curran - Keira Knightley Lt. Dan Taylor - Johnny Depp Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue - Chris Thomas King Mrs. Gump - Helen Mirren
ChrissyBaby ChrissyBaby 8 years
Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)- Tom Cavanagh Jenny Curran (Robin Wright Penn)- Naomi Watts Lt. Dan Taylor (Gary Sinise)- Alec Baldwin Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue (Mykelti Williamson)- Terrence Howard Mrs. Gump (Sally Field)- Kyra Sedgwick
daisydidi daisydidi 8 years
Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)- Matt Damon Jenny Curran (Robin Wright Penn)- Jennifer Aniston Lt. Dan Taylor (Gary Sinise)- Robert Downey Jr. Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue (Mykelti Williamson)- Will Smith Mrs. Gump (Sally Field)- Susan Sarandon
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
Forrest Gump - Shia LeBouf (IDK why but I can see him playing this type of character really well. Just imagine him saying 'Life is like a box of chocolates...') Jenny Curran - Diane Kruger (she could do the good girl/bad girl thing) Lt. Dan Taylor - Leonardo DiCaprio (seems like his kind of character) Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue - Matthew McConaughey (he's already got the drawl) Mrs. Gump - Dita Von Teese (already looks like she's from that era)
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Forest Gump - Ryan Gosling Lt Dan - Bill Murray Jenny Curran - Blake Lively Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue - Forest Whitaker Mrs. Gump - Diane Lane
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
Forrest Gump: Adam Brody Jenny Curran: Blake Lively Lt. Dan Taylor: Vince Vaughn Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue: Jason Winston George Mrs. Gump: Margaret Colin
alethe16 alethe16 8 years
Forrest Gump: Ryan Gosling Jenny Curran: Anne Hathaway Lt. Dan Taylor: Robert Downing, Jr. Benjamin Buford "Buba" Blue: Don Cheadle Mrs. Gump: Kyra Sedgwick
mommapoppins mommapoppins 8 years
Forrest Gump (Ashton Kutcher) Jenny Curran (Amy Adams) Lt. Dan Taylor (Christian Slater) Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue (Forest Whitaker) Mrs. Gump (Andie MacDowell)
kittyhill kittyhill 8 years
Forrest Gump: Sean Astin Jenny Curran: Reese Witherspoon Lt. Dan Taylor: Tim Robbins Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue: Forest Whitaker Mrs. Gump: Dianne West
paperdoll1 paperdoll1 8 years
Forrest Gump: Colin Farrell (yes I truly believe he can do it and no he's not too pretty for the part) Jenny Curran: Sienna Miller Lt. Dan Taylor: Robert Carlyle Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue: Anthony Anderson Mrs. Gump: Susan Sarandon
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Forrest Gump (Adam Sandler) Jenny Curran (Kate Hudson) Lt. Dan Taylor (Owen Wilson) Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue (Kenan Thompson) Mrs. Gump (Meryl Streep)
heyilovey0u heyilovey0u 8 years
I'm surprised at the choices some people made here actually, they're pretty good.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Nope. It's not possible.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Forrest Gump (Leo DiCaprio) Jenny Curran (Briget Fonda) Lt. Dan Taylor (Russel Crowe) Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue (Mikel Phifer) Mrs. Gump (Kathie Bates)
littlesnipsnap littlesnipsnap 8 years
Forrest Gump: Tony Hale Jenny Curran: Anna Faris Lt. Dan Taylor: Tim Roth Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue: Forest Whitaker Mrs. Gump: Susan Sarandon
khowell khowell 8 years
Forrest Gump - Vincent Kartheiser Jenny Curran - Amanda Seyfried Lt. Dan Taylor - Matthew Fox Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue - Gaius Charles Mrs. Gump - Jean Smart
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Forrest Gump - Shia LaBeouf Jenny Curran - Reese Witherspoon Lt. Dan Taylor - Adrien Brody Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue - J.D. Williams Mrs. Gump - Frances McDormand
psterling psterling 8 years
Forrest Gump- Tobey Maguire Jenny Curran- Sienna Miller Lt. Dan Taylor- Matthew McConaughey Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue- Donald Faison Mrs. Gump- Diane Lane
Mary_Sofi Mary_Sofi 8 years
Forrest Gump - Zach Braff Jenny Curran - Blake Lively Lt. Dan Taylor - Jon Hamm Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue - Rob Brown Mrs. Gump - Bonnie Hunt
supertramp supertramp 8 years
i never. i swear this could never be recast, not ever.
jasmint jasmint 8 years
Forrest Gump - Lee Pace Jenny Curran - Zooey Deschanel Lt. Dan Taylor - Josh Charles Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue - Deon Richmond Mrs. Gump - Julianne Moore
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