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Hanks the Right Forrest Gump

Recently I read a story about the casting for the movie Forrest Gump.

57px-TomHanksForrestGump94 Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump

For starters, John Travolta and Bill Murray were considered for the role of Forrest. And, Winston Groom, the author of the book Forrest Gump, actually liked the idea of John Goodman playing Forrest. Finally, Dave Chappelle and Ice Cube turned down the role of Bubba.

When you’ve watched a movie a bunch of times and grown familiar with the characters and their lines, it’s hard to envision somebody else playing their roles. Can you see Travolta with a southern accent? Or bad ass Ice Cube befriending Forrest? I know, neither can I.

Chappelle’s Bubba would certainly have been interesting. Like dropping in a few f-bombs while rattling off all the ways to make shrimp and he wouldn’t have told Forrest “I want to go home.” Instead Bubba would have sprung to life and said, “Charlie Murphy!”

All told, I think the casting for Forrest Gump worked.

Sound of Music anniversary

Fifty years ago today, The Sound of Music premiered in New York.

The film that depicted Maria von Trapp’s journey from governess to captain’s wife–as portrayed by Julie Andrews–won five Academy Awards. My mother always called it her favorite movie. She particularly loved the music.800px-The_sound_of_music_(2671746365)

Oddly, I can’t shake the memory of Rolfe. Has there ever been a bigger creep than the character who blew the whistle on the von Trapp family?

Speaking of anniversary’s…

Fifty-three years ago today, Wilt Chamberlain hung 100 points on the New York Knicks in a game played at the Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“The Stilt’s” performance remains the NBA’s single-game scoring record.

Wilt Chamberlain Chamberlain with the ball in a 1960 game against the Knicks.

Unfortunately, the game was not televised and no video footage exists. So we are left to imagine how Chamberlain schooled Knicks center Darrall Imhoff. Sounds a little like Sandy Koufax mowing down 27–against the Bad News Bears.

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