Gary's legs were digitally removed in the second
part of "Forrest Gump" with the help of specially designed props and special-effects
||Gary at the beginning of the Vietnam scenes. Those are his real live legs!|
In some scenes, Gary sat in a specially designed wheelchair. The chair was designed by special effects wizard Ricky Jay, and featured a thin, slanting seat, so that Gary's legs were folded underneath and not visible.
In the most amazing scenes, though, the fine folks
at George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic (who can be really proud of
themselves that so many people believe Gary is legless) removed Gary's
legs with the help of computers.
Though "Forrest Gump" used the erasing technique
more extensively than ever been used before, the film didn't necessarily
pioneer the trick. Computers have been used to erase elements from images
in several recent films. Wires holding Clint Eastwood to the roof in "In
the Line of Fire" were erased. The technique also can be used, for example,
to erase a jet plane flying over an 1880s western setting." (Excerpt from
Jack Garner, "How Did They do Gump?" Gannett News Service, July 19,
|This enlargement of video, taken during filming one of the scene's on Forrest's shrimp boat, shows the blue socks that Gary wore. The blue socks helped to guide the visual effects artists' digital "amputation".|