Young Boy Teaches Elvis Presley How To Dance In Iconic ‘Forrest Gump’ Scene


In one of the most underrated scenes from the beloved 1994 film, a young Forrest Gump teaches Elvis Presley what went on to become his signature dance moves.

Raising her son as a single mother, Gump’s mother (Sally Field) rents out rooms to their home in Greenbow, Alabama to travelers passing through to make ends meet. Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, Gump recalls one specific former resident of their home. 

“One time a young man was staying with us and he had him a guitar case,” recalled Gump. 

The man played guitar and sang while the young boy danced around the room. Still wearing his leg braces, Gump was restricted in motion but managed to come up with a unique dance move despite his limitations. 

A few months later Gump and his mother took a trip out into town together and passed a television store, and on one of the screens was the one and only Elvis Presley. The King was performing his famed “Hound Dog” while dancing that very same dance the young boy had taught him during his stay at their home. 

Forrest Gump was the top-grossing film the year of its release, earning over $677 million in theaters alone. The film also won two Academy Awards for “Best Visual Effects” as well as “Best Film Editing” and spawned a worldwide themed restaurant, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. 

You can watch the scene in the video below.

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