Dubbed with the title as “the nicest man in Hollywood,” veteran actor Tom Hanks has a mile-long credit list, yet the actor confessed that he physically suffered playing a famous and beloved character.
He started in comedic television roles, starring in the 1980s sitcom “Bosom Buddies” and also made appearances on shows like “Taxi,” “Family Ties” and “Happy Days.”
His film career quickly recovered in the 1980s, when he landed the starring role in the fantasy romantic comedy “Splash,” and later achieved movie star status with the 1987 hit movie “Big.”
Although the trend of acting in comedy movies continued in the 1990s; Hanks eventually transitioned into serious drama, winning two consecutive Oscars for his performances in “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump.”
He has also had his share of action roles, playing Captain Miller in Steven Spielberg’s war drama “Saving Private Ryan,” and codebreaker Robert Langdon in the 2006 adaptation of “The Da Vinci Code.”
Pushing 50 at that time; Hanks proved he could stand up for himself when it came to the physical demands of starring in action-packed blockbusters.
Yet even with all the running, shooting, and crawling through the mud and grime he had to do in movies like “Saving Private Ryan.
Hanks recently told BBC Radio 1 that it was another project that was the hardest to film, one that I ended up with a lot of physical pain.
Surprisingly, it was a project in which Hanks did not even appear on screen, however, Tom Hanks confesses that he physically suffered playing a famous character who is also one of the most loved.
What character was it a pain to play for Tom Hanks? Woody from Toy Story
In 2019, Tom Hanks sat down with BBC Radio 1’s Ali Plumb to discuss his iconic character, Woody, and the evolution of the “Toy Story” franchise, which spanned more than 20 years.
Although Hanks has a lot of love for the nervous cowboy, he confessed that returning to the recording booth filled him with a sense of dread.
“Well, I’ve never gone to a recording studio for Woody without wishing it was over by now,” Hanks admitted.
“Because his fists are clenched. He is a tight person. All that is happening is the crisis of its moment ”.
All that “squeezing” apparently resulted in real physical pain for the actor, who was also forced to work in a very confined space.
“And being on my feet, and not being able to move, because you can’t turn off the mic, and embody this; I mean, I’m clenching my fists just thinking about it now. ”
I have driven home after four or five minutes. , sometimes a six-hour recording session and my diaphragm hurt. It hurts, “he added.
Not only that, but the first “ Toy Story ” movie had to be completely redone, and Hanks re-recorded the whole thing from a blank slate.
“We shot a full version of ‘Toy Story’ that didn’t work out the way they wanted,” he said. “So we went back and recorded a new version.”
As for the reason why the original “Toy Story” movie had to be revised; the film’s creators realized that the original script made Woody look like a total jerk.
Tom Hanks confesses other reasons why Toy Story was so demanding
Hanks’s interview on the BBC was not the first time that he spoke about how difficult it was to make the “Toy Story” movies.
In 2020, he told television journalist Graham Bensinger that animated movies were the most physically demanding thing he had ever done.
“Because you can’t move,” Hanks said. “You have no disguise to hide. You have no movement to animate the emotion, you can’t do that. ”
“You have to stay locked in place, on the microphone, and just use your imagination and your voice to go there. And I think I’ve probably shot half of all the ‘Toy Story’ movies with my eyes closed. ”
So if you think that the job of a voice actor is easier than that of an actor performing in front of the camera, you better think again.
After playing Woody in four feature films over the past two decades; It’s a good bet that Hanks is looking forward to another WWII epic.