May 14th is an A-list birthday extravaganza. On this day, Eric Morecambe (1926), George Lucas (1944) and Cate Blanchett (1969) were all born, along with Robert Zemeckis. The American director first came to public attention as the director of Back to the Future film series as well as the animation epic Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). However, he is arguably most revered for his role in Forrest Gump, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director.
One of the most iconic scenes of the film Forrest Gump is the feather, which appears in the opening and closing scenes. The feather has been subject to a lot of interpretations, such as Sarah Lyall’s observations that the feather symbolises the unbearable lightness of being. Tom Hanks, however, felt the feather embodies human destiny and the chance elements we face in life. He describes it as something that can “land anywhere, but if it lands at your feet, the theological implications of that are really huge”.
Also on this day in history:
- NASA launch the first American space station, Skylab (1973)
- Piers Morgan is sacked by the Daily Mirror (2004)
- Silvio Berlusconi becomes Italy’s Prime Minister (2001)
- The cast of ‘Friends’ sign a contract worth £500,000 per episode (2000)