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SCREEN TEST: Tom Hanks, Robyn Wright and Haley Joel Osment for Forrest Gump

Sometimes you see an audition tape and totally know why an actor got a role – and when it comes to Robyn Wright and Haley Joel Osment’s auditions for Forrest Gump, this is so very much the case.  Robyn’s audition is flawless, which isn’t surprising at all, and Haley is just so incredibly cute and smart (for 5 years old) that it is obviously a no-brainer the two of them were cast.

It is also interesting to watch how Tom Hanks handles essentially being the reader for the auditions – we assume he was already cast and so these tests are what is known as “chemistry tests” – to see if the actors that have been shortlisted will have the required chemistry with the leading man – which they obviously both do.  Watch to the end for the final chat between Tom and Haley – just wonderful.