Tom Hanks: Tim Allen warned me about Toy Story 4's 'emotional' ending

He’s got a friend in him. Tom Hanks revealed that his longtime Toy Story costar Tim Allen gave him a heads up about the upcoming Toy Story 4’s “emotional” ending before he even read the script.

“This is the end of the series, and I had gotten some texts from Tim Allen, who plays Buzz Lightyear ‘the astronaut,’” the actor, 62, explained during his Wednesday, May 22, appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “These texts would say, ‘Have you recorded yet? Have you been in? Have you had a session yet?’ And I said, ‘No, not yet.’ ‘You haven’t seen those last pages?’ ‘No, I haven’t seen them.’ ‘Wait till you see those last pages. Tough one, tough one.’”

Hanks noted that he turned his back to the “punks” in the recording studio because he was “self-conscious” while recording his final lines. “We were saying goodbye to Woody and Buzz and Bonnie’s room and Andy and everybody, and it was emotional,” he recalled.

When host Ellen DeGeneres mentioned her sadness over the franchise’s conclusion, the Oscar winner clarified, “Is it over? I don’t know. It’ll live forever.” He also called the Pixar film series “the most rewarding thing I could imagine being a part of.”

Hanks and Allen, 65, starred as Woody and Buzz, respectively, in 1995’s Toy Story, 1999’s Toy Story 2 and 2010’s Toy Story 3. They will return to the beloved characters once more in Toy Story 4, which will be released in June.

The Last Man Standing actor opened up to Us Weekly exclusively about the apparent swan song. “[There is] a very short scene that both Hanks and I had trouble with because I thought there was more pages. It ends and I got choked up,” he revealed. “I literally had a hard time saying it. He did too. We both had the same reaction. Personally, I was like, this is weird — 25 or so years of friendship between Woody and Buzz has morphed into a very close friendship with Hanks and I. It’s just peculiar as life imitates art.”

The Forrest Gump star shared a sweet message in January after he completed his work on the new movie. “Final line, final session as Woody of Toy Story 4,” he captioned an Instagram photo of himself in the voiceover booth. “We rode like the wind, to infinity and beyond.”

Allen posted a similar sentiment at the time. “Finished my Buzz for Toy Story 4 today and it got emotional,” he tweeted. “Wonderful full body story. You are all going to love the work this incredible team at Pixar created. We are all going to love this story….man its [sic] got everything.”

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - 1986: Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks poses during a 1986 West Hollywood, California studio photo session to promote his newest movie 'The Money Pit.' Hanks went on to become one of America's favorite actors, starring in such hits as 'Big,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' and 'Forest Gump.' (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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THE GREEN MILE 1999 Castle Rock film with Tom Hanks
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 9: (US TABLOIDS OUT) Actor Tom Hanks appears on MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios November 9, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 11: Actor Tom Hanks (L) appears on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios on June 11, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Actors Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, attend 'The Da Vinci Code' World Premiere & Opening Gala at the Palais during the 59th International Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2006 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress-Producer Rita Wilson and Actor-Producer Tom Hanks arrive at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Tom Hanks arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Inaugural Governors Awards held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LARRY CROWNE 2011 Universal Pictures film with Tom Hanks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actors Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts pose at the 25th Annual American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards on February 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
US director and actor Tom Hanks poses during a photocall ahead of the premiere of his latest movie 'Larry Crowne' in Berlin on June 9, 2011. The comedy romace, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, will be released in German cinemas on June 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Los Angeles, USA. 24th October 2012. Tom Hanks arriving at the film premiere of "Cloud Atlas" in Los Angeles on October 24th 2012
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Tom Hanks performs a spoken word skit during a taping of 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Tom Hanks poses in the press room at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon play Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' during a taping of 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actor Tom Hanks presents Honoree Steve Martin with honorary award onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 25: Actor Tom Hanks speaks onstage at the 66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on January 25, 2014 in Century City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actors Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Carly Rae Jepsen and Tom Hanks are seen on February 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
US actor Tom Hanks poses during the photocall of the film ''Inferno'' in Florence on May 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Toy Story 4 will be out in theaters on Friday, June 21.

With reporting by Emily Longeretta

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