Forrest Gump for Obama, Lt. Dan, Bubba Backing Romney

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Gary Sinise, left, Mykelti Williamson, and Tom Hanks in "Forrest Gump."

Forrest Gump backs President Obama. Lieutenant Dan and Bubba are for Mitt Romney.

The actors portraying those characters from the 1994 movie, that is.

Gary Sinise, who played the role of Gump’s Army commanding officer, donated $5,000 to Romney’s campaign last month through a joint fundraising committee, Romney Victory Inc. Mykelti Williamson, who played Gump’s shrimp-loving friend Bubba, gave $500 to the Romney campaign last month.

These donations were disclosed in a filing Romney’s campaign made today with the Federal Election Commission.

Tom Hanks, who won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the slow-witted and big-hearted Gump, is a frequent donor to Democratic candidates and committees. He has given $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund in May.

Sinise and Williamson are pro-Romney exceptions in strongly Democratic Hollywood, though some other entertainment industry figures also gave to Romney’s campaign last month. They included Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld” and “Family Feud”) and Orson Bean (“To Tell the Truth”).

Nick Searcy, who appeared with Hanks in the 2000 movie Cast Away, gave $750 to Romney’s campaign last month through Romney Victory Inc. Searcy, who donated to Herman Cain’s campaign last year, also appeared in the television series “From the Earth to the Moon” that Hanks helped write and direct.


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