I never really gave a spit about the Oscars; just a hyperexpensive orgy of self-congratulation by a bunch of celebrities I can’t stand. Could. Not. Care. Less.
But this story is kind of neat; the actor who played the kid version of Forrest Gump could not attend the Academy Awards ceremony in 1995 because his family was too poor to afford the tickets and apparently multi-zillionaire Tom Hanks couldn’t find his wallet to help the kid out. Kid went on to join the Army and serve in Iraq.
Child star Michael Conner Humphreys – who played a young Forrest in leg braces – missed out on his big chance to attend the biggest showbiz event on the planet.
His parents were offered the chance to buy tickets for the most important night of their son’s life but, unable to find the cash, eight-year-old Michael and his family watched the show at home on TV.
Michael served four years in the U.S. Army as an infantry soldier, which included an 18 month tour of duty in Iraq.
On the whole, a way better outcome than say, Lindsay Lohan or Brad Renfro.