Newsman: For the fourth time on his journey across America, Forrest Gump, gardener from Greenbow, Alabama, is about to cross the Mississippi River again today.
Jenny: [watching T.V.] I'll be damned. Forrest.
Newsman: Sir, why are you running?
Reporter #1: Why are you running?
Reporter #2: Are you doing this for world peace?
Reporter #3: Are you doing this for women's right?
Newsman: Or for the environment?
Reporter #1: Or for animals?
Reporter #3: Or for nuclear arms?
Forrest Gump: [narrating] They just couldn't believe that somebody would do all that running for no particular reason.
Reporter #2: Why are you doing this?
Forrest Gump: I just felt like running.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] I just felt like running.
[Forrest is running, a young man comes running with him]
Young Man: It's you. I can't believe it's really you!
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Now, for some reason what I was doing seemed to make sense to people.
Young Man: I mean, it was like an alarm went off in my head, you know. I said, here's a guy that's got his act together. Here's somebody who's got it, all figured out. Here's somebody who has the answer. I'll follow you anywhere, Mr. Gump.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] So, I got company. And after that I got more company. And then even more people joined in. Somebody later told me it gave people hope. Now, I don't know anything about that, but some of those people asked me if I could help them out.
Hippie: Hey, man, hey, listen. I was wondering if you might help me, huh? Listen, I'm in the bumper sticker business and I've been trying to think up a good slogan. And since you have been such a big inspiration to the people around here, I thought you might be able to help me jump into... Whoa! Man, you just ran through a big pile of dog shit!
Forrest Gump: It happens.
Hippie: What? Shit?
Forrest Gump: Sometimes.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] And some years later I heard that fella did come up with a bumper sticker slogan and he make a lot of money off of it. Another time I was running along, somebody who had lost all his money in the T-shirt business, and he wanted to put my face on a T-shirt, but he couldn't draw that well and he didn't have a camera.
[A truck splashes mud onto Forrest as it goes by. The man hands Forrest a yellow T-shirt wipe his face]
Man: Here, use this one. Nobody likes that color anyway.
Forrest Gump: [Wipes his face on the t-shirt and hands it back to him] Have a nice day.
[The man looks at the T-shirt which displays the Happy Face]
Forrest Gump: And some years later I found out that that man did come up with a idea for a T-shirt and he made a lot of money off of it. Anyway, like I was saying, I had a lot of company. My Momma always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on. And I think that's what my running was all about. I had run for three years, two months, fourteen days, and sixteen hours.
[Forrest stops running]
Young Man: Quiet! Quiet, he's gonna say something.
Forrest Gump: I'm pretty tired. I think I'll go home now.
[The group parts for Forrest as he walks back down the middle of the road]
Young Man: Now what are we supposed to do?
Forrest Gump: [narrating] And just like that, my running days was over. So, I went home to Alabama.
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