Happy Thanksgiving, readers! What’s a holiday, though, when there’s Toy Story 4 news to share? Tim Allen made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night, and he had more to say about the movie, including some details we didn’t know before.
Fallon didn’t waste any time in bringing up Toy Story 4. As he has done in all his other interviews recently, Allen mentioned the film’s dramatic ending, which he called a “Scarlett, I don’t give a damn” moment:
“Hanks said it best; of course he always says stuff best. But the last scene of that movie was – I couldn’t even get through it. And I thought there was pages after it. I read it, and I had to turn around, to look in the studio – it was so emotional. It’s a ‘Scarlett, I don’t give a damn’ moment.”
That line, of course, refers to the end scene of the classic movie Gone with the Wind, where leading man Rhett Butler leaves his wife, Scarlett O’Hara, with the iconic line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” and walks off into the mist. He’s also referring to Tom Hanks’ recent remarks about the sequel, where he called it “impactful” and a “moment in history.”
In a surprise twist, though, he also gave clues to a another new character, and named a new voice actor:
“It is so good. These guys are geniuses. It’s so deep, and moving, and a wonderful plot. I can’t give anything away. It’s about different kinds of toys that you’re not – they really will surprise you, with the toys they come up with. Characters came back. New guys in it that are great. Keanu Reeves has got a great part. Actually, little inside story, even he said – gentle, wonderful guy that he is – ‘ this sounds too much like Buzz Lightyear.’ And his character does have an edge to that. And the guy said, ‘so we calmed him down a little bit,’ and they reminded me, his toy’s only that big [gestures maybe two inches tall]. And I said, ‘well, Buzz ain’t that big.’ Of course Woody’s bigger, cause it’s Tom Hanks.”
Who will this Buzz-like toy be, voiced by Reeves? I would have guessed that he might be the toy shown in Jack-Jack’s playpen in Incredibles 2, but since that was a full-size action figure, I don’t think it’s likely.
You can watch the full Toy Story 4 segment of the interview here:
I still can’t comprehend why Tim Allen and Tom Hanks are getting away with revealing so much about the ending. Yeah, I know, they’re Buzz and Woody, and they can’t be fired. And I’m sure the discussion generated by these statements is helping with the movie’s publicity. But Hanks has gotten warning phone calls from Disney in the past for saying too much – he’s joked about it on talk shows – so after two months’ worth of interviews and appearances, you think they would have been told to stop by now for giving too much away. That’s why I’m trying not to get too worked up about what they’ve said. Pixar is the master of surprises, so we’ll see what really comes of Toy Story 4‘s ending next summer.
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