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David Alan Grier Reveals Why He Turned Down 'Forrest Gump' Role on 'Busy Tonight' - Watch!

David Alan Grier made an appearance on Busy PhilippsBusy Tonight on Monday (November 26) and revealed why he turned down the role of “Bubba Blue” in the beloved 1994 film, Forrest Gump.

“My manager sent me a script and she said, ‘I want you to read this.’ Uh, the lead character is a mentally challenged man. His best friend is mentally challenged. Now already I’m funky,” the 62-year-old actor recalled.

“I’m like, listen if I’m going to be playing a mentally challenged person, I got to be the lead, I can’t be no mentally challenged side kick,” David added. “It was Forrest Gump. So I read 20 pages and I said listen man, I’m not going in on this. He’s talking about shrimp the whole damn movie, no, nuh uh. I don’t get it. I don’t get it. So uh, she called me three times, she called me three times. She’s said, ‘The director loves you, Tom [Hanks], everybody.’ So that was lesson learned, it was all on me, and I screwed that up.”


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Former Oscar Winners Jamie Foxx & Christoph Waltz Attend Mercedes-Benz's Viewing Party

Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz hit the red carpet at the Mercedes-Benz USA Oscars Viewing Party on Sunday (March 4) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Both of the guys are former Oscar winners – Jamie won Best Actor in 2005 for Ray and Christoph won twice, both for Best Supporting Actor. He was recognized in 2010 for Inglourious Basterds and in 2013 for Django Unchained.

Some of the other stars at the event included longtime friends Chord Overstreet and Glen Powell, as well as Chord‘s Glee co-star Jane Lynch.

Peter Facinelli and girlfriend Lily Anne Harrison, Wilson Cruz, Cody Simpson, David Alan Grier, and Kendrick Sampson were all there too!

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'A Christmas Story Live' - Watch Every Performance Video Here!

FOX’s A Christmas Story Live! aired on Sunday night (December 17), and nearly all of the performances and memorable moments have been uploaded online to watch!

Highlights include “Count on Christmas,” “It All Comes Down To Christmas,” “The Genius on Cleveland Street,” Mr. Parker opening his fragile box, Ralphie swearing by accident while helping his dad, Ralphie daydreaming his theme’s outcome, and Frank Parker playing “Are You A Genius?”

Click here to find out more about the full cast, performances and song list.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE performance from A Christmas Story Live?

'The Wiz Live' Cast Reunites For Emmy Panel Discussion!

Queen Latifah is all smiles as she poses for photographs at The Television Academy’s panel discussion for NBC’s The Wiz Live! held at The Director’s Guild Of America on Wednesday (June 1) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 46-year-old entertainer was joined at the event by her co-stars Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Shanice Williams, David Alan Grier, Amber Riley, Elijah Kelley, executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, director Kenny Leon, and moderator Holly Robinson Peete.

The panel, which was presented for Emmy voters and fans, also included live musical performances from the cast members.

30+ pictures inside of Queen Latifah and others at the The Wiz Live Emmy event…More Here! »

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Celebrities React to 'The Wiz Live' - Read the Tweets!

Millions of people around the country are currently watching NBC’s The Wiz Live and that includes a ton of celebrities as well!

Lots of celebs, including Broadway favorites like Kristin Chenoweth and Audra McDonald (who starred in The Sound of Music Live), are chiming in with their thoughts on the production… and it seems like everyone is loving it.

Shanice Williams, who is playing the role of Dorothy, is getting a whole lot of love from the stars and it seems this production is getting the best reviews of any of NBC’s live musicals thus far.

See the tweets below!

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