Remembering 'Forrest Gump,' 20 years later

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LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: US actor Tom Hanks holds up his Oscar as he drinks a glass of water while attending the Governor's Ball after the 67th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles 27 March. Hanks won as best actor for his role in the film 'Forrest Gump' which also won five other awards, including best film and best director. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actor Tom Hanks attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Gary Sinese and wife Moira Harris during 'Forrest Gump' Los Angeles Premiere at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Gary Sinese and Melina Kanakaredes, presenters of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 23: Actor Tom Hanks, actress Sally Field and director Robert Zemeckis attend the 'Forrest Gump' Hollywood Premiere on June 23, 1994 at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Actress Sally Field arrives at the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute at Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 23: Actress Robin Wright and actor Sean Penn attend the 'Forrest Gump' Hollywood Premiere on June 23, 1994 at the Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Fashion Model Dylan Penn (L) and her Mother Actress Robin Wright (R) attend Diane Von Furstenberg's 'Journey Of A Dress' premiere opening party at Wilshire May Company Building on January 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: US actor Tom Hanks poses with his Oscar 27 March at the 67th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Hanks won as best actor for his portrayal of 'Forrest Gump' in the film by the same name. He is only the second man in history to be named best actor two years in row. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
FORT POLK, LA -JUNE 24: Actor Gary Sinise performed for soldiers at the Fort Polk Army Post on June 24, 2004 in Fort Polk, Louisiana. Sinise an Academy Award nominated actor stopped at the Central Louisiana post on the first day of a ten day USO tour of military installations in the United States. Sinise performed with his touring band called 'The Lt. Dan Band' named after the character he portrayed in the movie 'Forest Gump.' (Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: US actor Tom Hanks holds his Oscar 27 March as he speaks to the audience at the 67th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Hanks won best actor for his portrayal of Forrest Gump in the film by the same name. The film also won as best picture of the year. Hanks is only the second man to honored as best actor two years in a row. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Tom Hanks on the battlefield in a scene from the film 'Forrest Gump', 1994. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED: Actor Tom Hanks in the movie 'Forrest Gump' by Robert Zemeckisin 1994. (Photo by MEGA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Sally Field during 'Forrest Gump' Los Angeles Premiere at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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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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