Hanks speaks about how he got the Forrest Gump role:
I was fascinated by a script entitled The Postman, which was written by Eric Roth. I didn’t do that script, but I met Eric and we shared a lot of the same parameters of why we do what we do. So when a producer asked me, What do you think of the book Forrest Gump? [which Roth was writing a script for], I said, That guy can write anything! About a year and a half later, I got Eric’s script—and it was a rocket.