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Tom Hanks Surprises Young Star by Giving Him an Acting Lesson in Front of Live Audience

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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“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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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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