Forrest Gump : the greatest film character of all time

March 24, 2011

Forrest Gump has been voted the greatest film character of all time in a new survey.

The 1994 film was a box office hit and critically acclaimed with Tom Hanks's performance earning him his second Oscar for Best Actor.
Director Robert Zemeckis had said of Tom Hanks's performance :

"Even living or dead, I can't think of anyone who could do as good as Tom did. I can't think of anyone. Possibly Henry Fonda would have done something interesting with it, but who knows ? I don't think it would have been has good as Tom nor would have been as perfect as Tom."


Out of more than half a million films made by Hollywood, the character portrayed by Tom Hanks ranked top in the biggest ever poll of moviegoers, beating James Bond and Scarlett O'Hara in the process, reports the Telegraph. Indeed, British secret agent James Bond was named as the second greatest film character and Scarlett O'Hara was rated as the third most memorable character.

More than 500,000 people took part in the survey carried out by ABC TV and People magazine.