Tom Hanks: ‘Toy Story 5 could happen without me’


Tom Hanks has hinted he may not return for a possible Toy Story sequel.

The actor has voiced toy cowboy Sheriff Woody in all four instalments of the beloved animated franchise, but he thinks the movie could be made without him from previous recordings he made for the franchise.

Revealing what it felt like when he finished working on the latest movie, Tom told U.K. chat show host Graham Norton: “I started recording Woody in 1991 and each film takes about four years. It was my very last session and when I’d said the last line they said, ‘Okay, great, thanks’, and just like that 24 years was over.”

“All I could say was ‘Oh my, oh my’ over and over again and my bottom lip started quivering. I got in my car and drove away with the music playing and the credits rolling in my head.”

Tom went on to suggest he’s recorded so many lines for Toy Story films that producers could save him the trouble of committing another four years for an upcoming sequel by just reusing old recordings, quipping: “I keep begging them to do that!

“I never began a recording session without wishing it was already over,” he continued. “Woody is clenched all the time. It’s exhausting.”

Toy Story 4 debuts in cinemas on Friday (June 21, 2019), and features the voices of returning star Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, as well as newcomers Keanu Reeves, Jordan Peele, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Tom’s full interview will air on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One on Friday night.