Watch Tom Hanks's Audition for 'Forrest Gump' and 10 Other Screen Tests
Can you imagine any other actor besides Tom Hanks starring in Forrest Gump? If he hadn’t wowed director Robert Zemeckis in his screen tests, it might have been a whole different movie. A clip making the round on the Internet today shows Hanks and co-star Robin Wright doing one of their first readings together — and pretty much nailing it.
Here are 10 other classic audition tapes, showing just how Al Pacino, Kate Winslet, and other stars landed their breakout movie roles.
Vivien Leigh for Gone With the Wind (1939)
British actress Vivien Leigh was a controversial choice to play quintessential Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara, but as the audition footage makes clear, she had the character down right from the start.
Audrey Hepburn for Roman Holiday (1953)
Hepburn positively glows in this screen test for her first starring film role, runaway princess Ann in Roman Holiday. The part was originally written for Elizabeth Taylor.
Jennifer Connelly for Labyrinth (1986)
At 16, Connelly beat out actresses like Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Jessica Parker, Marisa Tomei, Laura Dern, and Ally Sheedy for the role of Sarah in Jim Henson’s puppet fantasia Labyrinth. At the end of this audition, Connelly asks Jim Henson if her character is supposed to be English.