In 2013, the Oscar-wining actor had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. "I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.'"
One of Tom’s versions as to why he acquired diabetes is that he had to drastically change his weight for his roles. E.g. for the film "Their Own League" (1992), Tom put on more than 100 kg with a height of 1.83 m. And for the role in "Outcast" (2000), he lost up to 77 kg. However, since being diagnosed, he has lost weight and said that he won’t play a role which would cause significant weight changes.
One of Tom’s most striking movie roles was Forest Gump, in which his character Forest delivers the iconic line: “My momma always said life is like a box of chocolates You never know what you’re gonna get.” Pretty ironic, isn't it?