‘Forrest Gump’ Score Composer Also Composed ‘The Avengers’ Famous Score


When it comes to cinema, the score of a film is one of the most underrated aspects. Music can completely dictate the tone of a movie and how viewers interpret a scene. The most talented film composers have created scores for a variety of films. Alan Silvestri has scored some of the most popular movies, from Forrest Gump for The Avengers.

Tom Hanks in ‘Forrest Gump’ | Sunset Boulevard/Getty Images

Alan Silvestri composed the score for ‘Forrest Gump’ and several Marvel projects

Forrest Gump was released in 1994. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump, Robin Wright as Jenny Curran, Gary Sinise as Lt. Dan, Mykelti Williamson as Bubba Blue, and Sally Field as Mrs. Gump.

The film won Best Picture at the 67th Academy Awards and Silvestri was nominated for Best Original Score for his work on the film.

Silvestri has also composed the scores for several Marvel Cinematic Universe projects, including Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity Warand Avengers: Endgame.

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“The Avengers” theme is famous

The theme used in The Avengers and future Marvel movies have become recognizable, akin to famous themes from star wars, Harry Potterand other major franchises.

In a 2019 interview with Billboard, Silvestri discussed his work on The Avengers movies.

“When you’re in a franchise environment like The Avengers, themes become assets because you bring them to the next episode,” he shared.

After composing the score of The AvengersSilvestri also worked on the 2019 score Avengers: Endgame. According to Silvestri, Avengers: Endgame brought a whole new set of challenges.

“Musically, we tried a number of approaches in an effort to get it right. And what you see in the movie, we all felt like yeah, that’s what was needed. But it was a huge challenge and a lot of pressure. There was a new theme in the movie that wasn’t related to anything we had heard and it had to be new because it was an event in the Marvel Universe,” Silvestri told Billboard.

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Alan Silvestri worked on the score for “Forrest Gump”

Narratively, Forrest Gump spans decades and music plays a big role in the film. Speaking to Billboard, Silvestri revealed what it was like working on the iconic film.

“A few weeks after the start of the film, [director] Bob [Zemeckis] called me and said he didn’t think there would be a score in the movie because he used so many pop and rock songs. So we were kind of sitting and waiting,” Silvestri told Billboard.

He continued, “But then we met and that turned out to be the easiest session because his cinematography was so clear. When Forrest says, “I’m going to Vietnam, it’s this whole other country,” like, that’s a drop of a needle right there! We just watched the movie.

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