Written by Reuters
12 Jun, 2019 | 11:38 am
Reuters – Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and the cast and crew of “Toy Story 4” descended on Los Angeles Tuesday night (June 11) for the much-anticipated movie’s world premiere.
Hanks was joined by Hollywood heavyweights, including actors Tim Allen and Keanu Reeves, for the red carpet premiere of the Disney-Pixar animation.
“Toy Story 4” sees Hanks return to voice the role of toy cowboy Woody, in the latest instalment of the “Toy Story” franchise, which has been a huge hit with the first three movies raking in $1.8 billion at the global box office.
“I always have the memory of seeing them (Toy Story films) for the first time because we don’t know what the assembled pieces are going to look like,” said Hanks.
“Every time it has happened, I come away thinking ‘this is actually an important movie’. And the four of them together, I think will take anybody right back to the age they were when they saw the first one,” he continued.
As to whether this would be the final “Toy Story,” Hanks said he hoped it would not be.
“Whether this is the last round up for Woody and the gang … I think very easily in another eight months or a year and a half, three years, somebody at Pixar is going to wake up and say ‘hey, you know what? I got an idea’ and I hope that happens and I hope we live up to it,” he said.
Actor Tim Allen, who voices audience favorite “Buzz Lightyear,” said the fourth installment was an “adventure” but it also created more pressure for the filmmakers.
“It seems to have more import to it because it is number 4, and that’s the movie business and your side of the business. For us it was just a continuation, for me it was more of an adventure. But it was a very big deal for the writers and everybody to get this right and there is a lot of pressure on them and I admire everything they did,” said Allen.
“Toy Story 4” brings back many characters from the previous films but it also introduces a number of new ones, notably Duke Caboom, voiced by Keanu Reeves.
“I play Duke Caboom, Canada’s greatest stuntman, and he is a daredevil stuntman, he’s doesn’t have a kid, he’s been relegated, lost, he doesn’t have any purpose,” Reeves said.
“But through the journey, the task of ‘Woody’ trying to connect this toy and a kid back together again, Duke Caboom gets to be an integral part of that,” he continued.
‘Toy Story 4’ is set for release in the U.S. on June 21.
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