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Tom Hanks ruined childhoods with Toy Story admission

Jake Massey

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Tom Hanks ruined childhoods with Toy Story admission

Featured Image Credit: MediaPunch Inc/Alamy/Pixar

There are few actors with a resume anywhere near that of Tom Hanks.

The Hollywood star has starred in the likes of Saving Private RyanCast AwayCatch Me If You Can and The Green Mile - and that's barely scratching the surface.

He's also of course known and loved as the voice of Woody in Toy Story... well, at least some of the time.

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Watch him come clean here:

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Appearing on The Graham Norton Show way back in 2011, the host asked Hanks about an 'urban myth' that the voice of Woody toys wasn't voiced by him.

After pulling the string on the popular cowboy toy, Norton asked: "Is that you?"

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"No, it's my brother Jim," Hanks replied.

"There are so many computer games and video things and Jim just works on those all year long.

"[Disney] said, 'You don't want to do this', so I said, 'Get my brother Jim, he'll do it.' So, that's my brother Jim."

The automated voice inside of Woody is actually voiced by Tom Hanks' brother, Jim. Credit: Pixar
The automated voice inside of Woody is actually voiced by Tom Hanks' brother, Jim. Credit: Pixar
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You might think that it seems a little idle of the 66-year-old to get his similar-sounding sibling to do his work for him, but the actor explained that playing Woody is much more taxing than you might expect.

"Well, it's fun work because the people are great, but it is very, very hard," he said. "Particularly Woody, because Woody is always yelling, and he's always concerned, you know, he's always doing that kind of stuff."

He continued: "And you have to do eighteen variations of: 'Buzz, if we don't get back there, I’m going to go absolutely berserk!'

"You do it every kind of way you possibly can, until your diaphragm is busted, your throat is raw, and you've spit all over the copy - and it's your fourth hour of doing this."

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But however hard it may be, it wasn't enough to deter him from making Toy Story 4 - and he said he wouldn't be surprised if there was a fifth either.

Hanks said he wouldn't be surprised if there was a Toy Story 5. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo
Hanks said he wouldn't be surprised if there was a Toy Story 5. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo

Speaking to LADbible in 2019, he said: "Well, no one is planning on it (Toy Story 5), but I wouldn't be surprised if somewhere two-and-a-half years from now someone has this kernel of an idea that could become it.

"None of the Toy Story movies are in a schedule, they're not in a pipeline. They don't say, 'on this date, we'll start work on the next Toy Story movie'. They wait until someone comes up with a Toy Story idea that is worthwhile pursuing.

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"But I think it's better that no one is anticipating that; I think there is a strength in saying, 'this is as far as we've been able to go and we don't see anything else coming after that', because otherwise it ends up being some inorganic approach to something that has been very, very organic."

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Topics: Film & TV, Tom Hanks, Toy Story, Film and TV

Jake Massey
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