Tim Allen and Tom Hanks have played Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear and Woody, respectively, since 1995

By Helen Murphy
May 22, 2019 01:54 PM

Anyone planning on seeing Toy Story 4 in theaters this summer may want to bring some tissues.

On Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Tom Hanks revealed that his costar Tim Allen warned him about the emotional ending of the film before he went in to record his lines.

Hanks, 62, and Allen, 65, have played the dynamic duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively, since 1995’s Toy Story.

“It’s about the most rewarding thing I could imagine being a part of because it just has gone on for so long,” Hanks said of being a part of the long-running franchise.

The Forrest Gump actor then described feeling “self-conscious” while recording in front of the producers and writers.

“There’s like five producers, writers, people who are helping you out and they’re all sitting at tables looking at you record like, ‘Hmm, that was pretty good, but what if we try…’ It was making me self-conscious so for the last couple of sessions I turned my back on those punks and did it without them,” Hanks said.

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The actor continued: “Also because this is the end of the series and I had gotten some texts from Tim Allen… these texts that say, ‘Have you recorded yet? Have you been in? Have you had a session yet?'”

“I said, ‘No, not yet,'” Hanks said, revealing that Allen told him, “‘Wait until you see those last pages. Tough one, tough one.'”

Tom Hanks; Tim Allen
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Buzz Lightyear and Woody
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“And it was!” Hanks revealed. “The last few sessions — we’re saying goodbye to Woody and Buzz and Bonnie’s room and Andy and everybody. So I had to turn my back on them all.”

Hanks then teased that the franchise may not end with the fourth movie.

“Is it over? I don’t know. It’ll live forever. I’m looking forward to a possible three-year extension,” he joked.

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In the newest trailer for the film, released on Tuesday, the action picks up with Woody and the gang living with Bonnie after their longtime owner Andy gifted her all his toys at the end of the third movie.

The toys are about to take on one of their most difficult challenges when Bonnie literally makes a new toy friend in class, Forky (Tony Hale).

Forky is a spork with googly eyes, a clay mouth and pipe cleaners for arms — and he’s not so sure about being a toy.

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Also making a first-time appearance is the toy Duke Caboom, voiced by Keanu Reeves. The John Wick actor joins the franchise as a daredevil character who is friends with the returning Bo Peep.

“He’s the greatest stuntman in Canada!” Reeves, 54, previously told PEOPLE of his character. “Duke becomes an important part of [Woody and Bo’s] mission. They use his skills as a motorcycle daredevil, but what they ask him to do confronts his fear of failure. So he has to kind of face his fear in order to help the greater good.”

Toy Story 4 hits theaters June 21.

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