Gary Sinise in ‘Forrest Gump’

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 23, 2006

In the movie Forrest Gump, how did they make it look so convincingly like Gary Sinise's character, Lt. Dan, lost both his legs?
—Glen Ahlswede, Eagle River, Wis.

Sinise, who now stars on TV's hit series CSI: New York, explains that his legless look in Forrest Gump was achieved by a couple of different special-effect techniques, including a rigged wheelchair that concealed his legs underneath him. Other sequences involved a special "blue-screen" process that let the filmmakers optically remove his legs from each shot. "There is a special-edition DVD of Forrest Gump that shows all the techniques that were used," he notes.