Up Close & Peculiar

More than 100 years ago, the globetrotting Robert Ripley began collecting artifacts from his journeys around the world, which today form the heart of the greatest collection of oddities ever assembled. Up Close & Peculiar brings the curious history of these pieces to a personal level as our very own, Allyson Iovino, explores the strange relics that lie within our Warehouse walls! Become a part of the story as we share pieces for every history buff, pop culture junkie, and oddities collector alike.

Today: Forrest Gump’s Box of Chocolates  

Hello everyone! I am so over the moon excited about this item today because I am such a Tom Hanks fan. My friends literally make fun of me because I reference Big at least once a week but I am not ashamed! 

As you can see this is not a Zoltar machine but instead, what I have here, is the box of chocolates from Forrest Gump with Hank’s signature right on the front! 

As you can imagine, having a real box of chocolates sitting on your lap all day for filming would probably not go over well. Chocolate boxes are light and it’d probably get melty and gross. But of course the prop masters thought of this and had the genius idea of *shakes box* filling it completely with sand!

Despite it being marked as twenty-three ounces, this box is filled with a massive four pounds of sand! 

Forrest Gump made a huge splash when it was released back in 1994. Let’s run through some facts you might not have known about the iconic film:

  • Although the famous bench itself is currently in a museum on display, the spot where the scene was filmed is still a popular tourist destination in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Tom Hanks made history by winning two Best Actor Oscars back-to-back; the first for his role in Philadelphia in 1994, followed by another for his performance in Forrest Gump in 1995. In fact, he became only the second person ever to accomplish this impressive feat.
  • Screenwriter Eric Roth once said in an interview that in an unproduced sequel to Forrest Gump, Forrest meets Princess Diana and OJ Simpson.
  • There was no real ping pong playing in the ping pong scene! The ball was later added in with special effects.

What’s your favorite scene from this classic movie? Tell us down below and I’ll see you next time. 


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