The best actors make their jobs seem effortless.
We might have the chance to see a few bloopers or behind-the-scenes footage here and there, but most likely, we have no idea what truly goes into creating some of our favorite characters.
And voice actors may just have the most difficult task of all.
We don’t see their facial expressions or body language. We rely solely on the sound of their voices — and some generally fabulous animation — to tell us who and what this character is.
Tom Hanks has been made famous by many roles throughout his lifetime.
“Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail,” and “Cast Away” are only a select few in this award-winning actor’s bag of tricks.
One role Hanks has played that is loved by both children and adults alike is Sheriff Woody.
When the first “Toy Story” film released in 1995, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.
When we hear Hanks’ voice say, “There’s a snake in my boot!” we can’t help but smile and remember all the emotions this franchise has stirred within us over the years.
“It’s one of the best movies I’ve ever seen in my life,” Hanks said of “Toy Story 4” in his interview with Jimmy Kimmel.
The best movies come from the work and dedication of many people across the board, and Hanks shared some insight into what it takes to make Woody come alive during a segment on “The Graham Norton Show.”
“I’ve never begun a recording session without wishing it was already over,” Hanks admitted while sitting beside Marvel Universe stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Tom Holland.
“Woody is clenched all the time,” Hanks went on. “He’s clenched. There was something he’s gotta explain or ‘Come on, guys!’ or ‘No, no, no, look out!’… It’s all that… I think they are gleeful in making you wring every possible meaning from a line.”
The veteran actor showed just how tense he has to be when portraying the beloved pull-string sheriff.
A more recent actor to the Hollywood scene, Tom Holland (“Spider-Man: Far From Home”), watched on, showing what one might describe as silent awe for Hanks’ acting.
And that’s when Hanks turns to Holland and begins to run an impromptu acting exercise with him. Hanks discusses repetitions and how there are countless ways to respond to a single line.
“Would you like more coffee?” Hanks asks Holland, who gets a sort of deer-in-the-headlights look when he realizes he’s been put on the spot.
His reaction just goes to show that even some of today’s biggest stars might also be starstruck. After a moment though, Holland pulls himself together and joins Hanks in the fun.
The result is both hilarious and eye-opening. If you thought it was easy to get up and recite a bunch of lines for a living, think again.
Have you seen “Toy Story 4” yet? If you haven’t, perhaps when or if you do you’ll go into it with a new sense of understanding of all that it takes to bring animated characters to life.
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