Bill Murray Almost Was Forrest Gump

Bill Murray just barely missed out on the lead role in beloved 1994 movie Forrest Gump.

In an interview with satellite radio presenter Howard Stern, the Lost in Translation star opened up about some of the acclaimed roles he passed on and admitted he came close to stealing the Gump role from Tom Hanks, who went on to win his first Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the simple American hero.

Murray said, “I did have conversations (about the role). I think I had the original book and all that sort of stuff.”

Murray also revealed he was briefly in talks for another Hanks film – Philadelphia.

He revealed, “It was on the back burner. I would have liked to have done that one.”

Murray was reportedly up for the role of lawyer Joe Miller, a part which eventually went to Denzel Washington.

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