Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have been playing their characters voice in the Toy Story films for 25 years. This process has allowed them to relate to their characters more and more over time. Acting is a matter of putting yourself in the shoes of a character, so it makes sense that the actor would start to relate to the personality and struggles of their character.
Tom Hanks relates to his character Woody through the idea of being a team player. Hanks said at a red-carpet event, “I am a team player. I love being part of an ensemble, and I think we are always in this together somehow. Anybody can make it a miserable day by being cranky or self-centered or thinking it’s all about them instead of all about the whole.” Woody is known for his loyalty to his friends in Toy Story movies.
Tim Allen says that he hopes he has the same authenticity that Buzz has. Buzz accepts that he is a toy when he is told this by Woody and he accepts himself for who he is.
The two actors have been going to lunch together for years and the end of the series is an emotional experience for them. Interesting how imaginary stories can bring real people together.