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By Ali  /  on Jun 18, 2019  /  Commented by 0

The actor says he had to turn his back as he was working on the end of “Toy Story 4.” “I don’t think I could’ve done the last few recording sessions the other way.”

In 1995, Tom Hanks lent his voice to Woody, the trusty sheriff doll in Pixar’s “Toy Story.” Since then, Hanks has become a grandparent, while the films have evolved into a soulful meditation on growing up and the passage of time. “Toy Story 4,” out Friday, finds Woody moving on yet again, with what feels — for now, at least — like a conclusive ending.

Here, Hanks talks about the franchise and what it says about family, and the unique pleasures and demands of playing a children’s plaything. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

Has the process of recording Woody changed much?

He still yells an awful lot. (Shouting) “Guys come on! We have to go! We just can’t leave her there, guys! Come on!” He is in some ways the compass of responsibility for everybody in the room. And he’s always been tightly wound.

There are times when my diaphragm is sore at the end of a four- or five-hour recording session, just because the challenge is to wring out every possible option for every piece of dialogue. It’s every incarnation of outrage and surprise and disappointment and heartache and panic and being plused and nonplused.

Fortunately, because I don’t smoke or get too drunk, my voice sounds more or less the same.

How does seeing Woody out in the world compare to seeing your own face on a movie poster?

We were at Disneyland with the kids. You know they’re always having parades and things like that, and there was a thing, an absolute extravaganza, and Woody is a part of it. We were there watching it and my daughter — who’s in her 30s, by the way — the first time we saw it, she burst into tears.

And I said, “It was kind of great, wasn’t it?” But she pointed out to me that Woody will be part of that for the rest of time, the same way Mickey is. And in no small way, I am Woody.

Have you developed a special fondness for the “Toy Story” films?

Believe it or not, I actually think they’re important. It’s a disparate group of toys, but there is this sense of both true family and extended family that is representative of anybody’s life, including the little kids, who just might be delighted by toys that come to life.

This one’s about moving on, you know. The pairing up and the moving on that must happen in life. Because we are forever being changed.

So much of the films are about family. How does that resonate with you as a parent?

These are just such magnificent motion pictures for that very reason. There’s the moment [in “Toy Story 3”] where Andy’s mom is in Andy’s empty bedroom and this thing comes over her. The mom mourning the fact that her boy was grown up and was no longer her little boy. I’m not even in that scene and I was knocked out by it. You think, how could they possibly animate this and have it be so, so profoundly right?

This is the same movie that has all of the toys thinking they’re about to meet their end in a fiery inferno. And what do they do, but reach out for each other. That’s really high-country stuff there. You can’t even call that a cartoon. That was a deep encapsulation of real authentic human feeling.

How do you tackle emotional scenes when you’re on the soundstage with the script?

It’s an imaginary stretch. To the point of exhaustion. Because you’re only using your voice, you can’t go off mic, you cannot use any of your physicality. You have to imagine that physicality. In a lot of ways that’s the antithesis of what you do as an actor.

I found a lot of times the only way I could do it would be closing my eyes. Not seeing the stage and the people there, and trying to work myself to a place. My last few sessions I had them set up the mic stand with my back to them. I don’t think I could’ve done the last few recording sessions the other way. If there was a scintilla of self-consciousness to any of those lines, it would have been unsatisfying.

I understand Tim Allen warned you about those last scenes.

As we were getting closer to what I knew were going to be the last few recording sessions, Tim sent me a text, saying: (gruffly) “Have you done these last pages yet? I’m still getting over it.”

It’s been such a long journey with these characters.

They are four completely different films. There’s no formula to them. And they don’t crank these things out. It takes them a while to see the possibility and to work up these stories that are going to be worthwhile. I think they would all probably go throw themselves off the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge if they had made a “Toy Story” movie and everybody said it was just O.K. That just won’t fly. And I think that might be one of the reasons they’re saying, well, after “Toy Story 4,” we don’t know what the future of this is going to be.

I remember the first time I met Woody. They wanted me to come over because they were going to try this new form of animation. And there was Woody and the whole bit. I watched this test probably six times in a row and just thought, how did they do that? Not how did they make the image, but how did they make it spark to life so seamlessly?

And the grandchildren? Do they enjoy “Toy Story”?

They’ve seen them all many times. It is the perfect babysitter.

What’s interesting is, I think because they hear their grandfather’s voice and they know that I’m Woody, I guess the disbelief is not quite as suspended as, for example, for “Frozen.” That was all encompassing. They’re girls.


By Ali  /  on Jun 18, 2019  /  Commented by 0

Yesterday Tom stopped by the Late Late Show with James Corden while doing press for Toy Story 4 in London. He talked about how he would have liked Woody to sound and when he went to the theater as a child to see 101 Dalmatians. Oh and of course you get to hear him sing a song by the Beatles!

Here are also some photos from the taping!

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Tom Hanks Archives > 2019 > June 17 | The Late Late Show With James Corden – Show
Tom Hanks Archives > 2019 > June 17 | The Late Late Show With James Corden – Backstage

By Ali  /  on Jun 18, 2019  /  Commented by 0

Tom & Rita posted a video to their story on facebook yesterday showing their support of the McCartney family’s goal of Meat Free Mondays to help our planet. Here is a video that includes Tom & Rita’s encouragement!

By Ali  /  on Jun 17, 2019  /  Commented by 0

Yesterday Tom attended the Soccer Aid For UNICEF 2019 game of England vs Soccer Aid World XI. Here are some picks of him out on the field.

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Tom Hanks Archives > 2019 > June 16 | Soccer Aid For UNICEF 2019 – England V Soccer Aid World XI

By Ali  /  on Jun 16, 2019  /  Commented by 0

I know how important his family is to him so I wanted to take a moment and say Happy Father’s Day to Tom and hope that he has a great day.

Here are some posts from instagram for his wife Rita and his son Colin in tribute to Tom:

By Ali  /  on Jun 16, 2019  /  Commented by 0

Today Tom was in London at the European Premiere of Toy Story 4 (only 5 more days until we can see it!). Here is a clip from an interview he did on the red carpet!

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Tom Hanks Archives > 2019 > June 16 | Toy Story 4 Premiere In London
Tom Hanks Archives > 2019 > June 16 | Toy Story 4 Premiere In London – Presentation

By Ali  /  on Jun 16, 2019  /  Commented by 0

Tom Hanks on Toy Story 4

Tom talks about the Toy Story 4 premiere, the new characters in the movie, working with the great cast, and he reveals all of the talking points Disney didn’t want him to mention. #ToyStory4

Proof That Tom Hanks is a THIEF

Tom Hanks has a reputation for being the most wonderful guy ever, so Jimmy dared him to steal a cardboard cutout of himself from a souvenir shop next door to us on Hollywood Blvd. Tom is the best so of course he did not disappoint.

And of course I added some stills from the interview to our gallery!

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Tom Hanks Archives > 2019 > June 13 | Jimmy Kimmel Live! – Show

By Ali  /  on Jun 12, 2019  /  Commented by 0

When it comes to Pixar’s Toy Story 4, Woody’s catchphrase couldn’t be more perfect: “Reach for the sky!”

The person who believes in that motto for the upcoming movie is none other than Tom Hanks, who voices the beloved cowboy toy. For the Oscar-winning star, he feels Toy Story 4 is up-to-par with the original three animated films. Speaking to E! News with the ensemble cast, the 62-year-old actor shares what fans can expect from the Pixar movie.

“What my kids want to know is ‘Really, they’re gonna try to equal, much less top the movie that came before… you sure about this, dad,'” Hanks explains of his kids’ initial thoughts about the fourth installment of the franchise. “From what I’ve seen, yeah. We’re gonna go after it.”

After making his statement, co-stars Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Christina Hendricks, Tony Hale and Keanu Reeves all nod in agreement.

For newcomers Reeves, Hendricks and Hale, they say the experience on Toy Story 4 has been nothing but “amazing.”

The Veep actor jokes about what it was like joining the team. “There was a whole initiation process.” Chiming in, the Good Girls star quips, “I was kidnapped in the middle of the night. I was taken in a van.”

“It’s dark, it’s dark,” Hale says.

For Keanu, he explains how much fun it was to be part of the Pixar film. “I had a wonderful character. For me, it’s really great to be here. I got to watch the film and hear the performances that were really so special.”

However, Allen points out his performance of Buzz Lightyear has become so well-known that it “confuses” children when they hear him speak.

“My little one’s 10 now, and she just doesn’t understand that dad is Buzz Lightyear. It’s very confusing for children,” he shares. “It looks like I ate Buzz Lightyear because I’ll talk in his voice and they’ll go, ‘That ugly man ate Buzz Lightyear.'”

In fact, he recalls the one time a kid said that to him. “I actually had it happen in an elevator. A lady says do ‘The infinity thing’ [because her] kid was misbehaving, and I did ‘To infinity and beyond,’ and the kid screamed out loud ‘That ugly man ate Buzz Lightyear,’ so you don’t want to do the voices around children. It is confusing for the young ones, but my kids love it.”

The upcoming Pixar film is set to hit theaters on June 20. To see the cast talk about Toy Story 4, watch our interview above!


By Ali  /  on Jun 12, 2019  /  Commented by 0

Last night the cast & crew of Toy Story 4 came out to celebrate the premiere of their new film! I have added a bunch of images to our gallery for you to enjoy! I especially love the ones of Tom with Woody! They asked Tom how he is similiar to Woody and he responded with, “I am a team player. I love being part of an ensemble, and I think we are always in this together somehow,” he said, adding, “Anybody can make it a miserable day by being cranky or self-centered or thinking that it’s all about them instead of all about the whole.”

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Tom Hanks Archives > 2019 > June 11 | Toy Story 4 Premiere In Los Angeles

By Ali  /  on Jun 12, 2019  /  Commented by 0

At last night’s premiere of Toy Story Tom reflected on his film Forrest Gump with ET Online.

With the 25th anniversary of Forrest Gump’s release just around the corner, Tom Hanks is reflecting on what it was like filming the ambitious, widely beloved pop culture milestone.

The celebrated star walked the red carpet at the premiere of Toy Story 4 in Hollywood on Tuesday, and he opened up to ET’s Matt Cohen about his memories from the set of the acclaimed dramedy.

“We wondered what we were doing and we wondered if it was all going to make any sense,” Hanks said, with a laugh.

The project, which tells the story of a simple but good-hearted man who, through luck, fate and circumstance had an enormous impact on the world around him, was one of the most ambitious films of its time. Hanks earned his second Oscar for his role, and the film took home an additional five Oscars, including Best Picture.

“Any movie that you’re making requires two things,” Hanks shared. “One, a huge leap of faith in the alliance you’ve made with everybody else who’s making the movie, and also trust in the process, and that if you love it and you do your due diligence, and you never let go of the potential that it could be made, it will all work out.”

“That fact is, that was a magnificent movie and a surprise,” he added.

As for his latest film, Toy Story 4, Hanks joked about the connection between the plot of the film, which concerns lost toys, and his own penchant for taking photos of lost and abandoned items — like mittens, gloves and shoes — and posting them to his Twitter feed.

“When you see a movie that’s called Gloves, and it’s just a movie about talking gloves, you know I’ll be suing someone for the copyright on that,” Hanks joked.

However, while photographing lost items of clothing has been a staple of his Twitter feed for some time, the actor said he’d feel a little different if he saw a toy lying abandoned on the side of the road, admitting, “I would be crushed if I was to take a picture of a lost toy.”

After starring in four installments in the beloved Disney-Pixar franchise, it’s understandable why Hanks might have an affinity for toys.

The actor once again reprises his role as the iconic Sheriff Woody in Toy Story 4, which comes out June 21.