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Remembering 'Forrest Gump,' 20 years later

It's the 20th Anniversary of 'Forrest Gump,' and ET is diving into the vault to relive the classic picture that has been beloved since its debut in 1994.

Check out the gallery above for tons of awesome vintage photos, and take a peek at how 'young Forrest Gump' (and the rest of the famed cast) looks now. You've likely seen Tom Hanks and Robin Wright Penn lately, but the kid who ran his heart out is all grown up now. 29-year-old Michael Conner Humphreys actually joined the Army in 2005 and served as an infantryman assigned to the 1st Battalion 36th Infantry Regiment. In 2008, his enlistment ended and Hollywood called yet again. Today, he calls Tennessee home.

During his ET interview, Humphreys explains that the older Forrest's speech was actually based on Humphreys' 'thick, genuine' accent. You can watch the original screen test that got him the role and hear the secrets behind the 'Run, Forrest, Run!' scene in the video below:

Remembering 'Forrest Gump' 20 Years Later

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dashdzl July 03 2014 at 9:12 AM

Still one of my most favorite movies

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buffalowoodshop July 03 2014 at 10:36 AM

great movie and :

thats all I got to say about that

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sachfoxo July 03 2014 at 8:21 AM

I watch That movie 4 times a year. He turned out to be a Good man , I am seeing Political post's on here , Stay on topic or move to another site ........

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Jon sachfoxo July 03 2014 at 8:02 PM

Me too. My wife won't watch it with me anymore than once.

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Joan July 03 2014 at 10:29 AM

This movie never gets old to me. I watch it often. Great actors, all of whom portrayed well, the sensitivities and challenges that are met in life. A beautiful story.

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Buckingham's July 03 2014 at 11:06 AM

What a wonderfully sad movie. i watch this every time it comes on tv, even though it's so sad. Tom Hanks is the greatest actor in the history of cinema.

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kgc073 July 03 2014 at 9:54 AM

Great movie. One of my favorites.

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AOLSUX July 03 2014 at 9:55 AM

Proper due respect to all military brethern!!!!!!!

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jrwolfman1 July 03 2014 at 10:20 AM

Great to know that he actually did something that less than 1% of our citizens will do!

Thank you for your Service to our Great Nation!

US Army, retired!

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dexrmerritt July 03 2014 at 7:46 AM

isn't it so sad that good actors are so bad at picking politically a party or opinion that parallels the Constitution of The US. just sad sad sad...TH is one....

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Bob July 03 2014 at 9:14 AM

The movie is right up there with John Wayne's The Searchers.

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Gary H Mayer Bob July 03 2014 at 12:12 PM

Bob: What! John Wayne was one of the worst actors in the history of film. I have 'Forrest Gump' in my top ten all time, probably top five, but certainly not 'The Searchers.'. At least David Conner Humphreys served in the military. John Wayne just monologued his way through war films while our soldiers were fighting in WWII. John Wayne played a German troop carrier captain in one film, albeit not a Nazi, transporting Nazis to Europe and couldn't even fake a German accent. Today, many brilliant stars can do any accent, including, but not limited to, Leonardo de Caprio, Gary Oldman, Robin Williams, Brad Pitt and....especially Cate Blanchett.

As an actor, John Wayne sucks more than any. As a person, he ducked WWII....and that's all I have to say about that.

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alana.holden Gary H Mayer July 03 2014 at 1:25 PM

have to agree with Wayne skipping out. What about all the smart people that came to Canada to save themselves from the stupidest war the States ever had, but to skip out of the big oneWW2, Wayne, being gay --just unacceptable. Shows how the States works-force people to go but willing to allow some to -well, just hide.

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