Tom Hanks has shot a special Toy Story video for twins who were born conjoined after learning they kept their Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys with them through 52 operations.
The two-time Oscar-winner, who voices cowboy Woody in the hit Disney-Pixar movies, filmed himself personalising toys of his character for brave youngsters Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf.
The siblings, from Cork, were born conjoined in December 2009 before being successfully separated the following year.
In the video, we see Hanks match his actions to Toy Story’s much-loved theme song You’ve Got A Friend In Me, resulting in two brand new Woody dolls both being signed by Tom Story’s Andy, and the other foot being signed by Hanks for each of the boys.
Ice cream parlour owner Miceal O’Hurley got in contact with the actor, having built up multiple connections when he worked in Hollywood and told him about the two young boys.
The businessman said he and his wife are inspired by the resilience of the nine-year-old twins and the strength of their parents, Angie and Azzedine, who have worked extraordinarily hard to give them every opportunity in life.
‘We got the video at 3am and my wife Oksana and I sat up in bed in tears. The thoughtfulness. The kindness. The generosity of spirit of his act was extraordinary,’ O’Hurley told The Irish Times.
‘I think what I love about Tom Hanks is that if he wasn’t a mega star, and he was the local guy in the hardware store, he would still go out of his way to be a decent person. Tom wanted the boys to know that he admires them and wants to be their friend.’
The boys underwent a 14-hour separation operation at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London in April 2010.
The twins’ hearts were not joined, but nearly everything else was, including the liver, gut and bladder all of which had to be separated. Now the boys now each have a prosthetic leg.
Mum Angie told The Echo newspaper in Cork last year that the cuddly Woody Toy is getting old now but still attends every surgery.
She joked that ‘Woody looks how Mummy feels.’ At least they have spanking new ones to hold to.
A Toy Story 4 trailer was released this week to the delight of fans all over the world.
In the latest teaser, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Andy’s toys go on a road trip.
However, when they run into trouble at a carnival, lost toy Bo Peep is there to save the day, swooping in on a rope to save her former flame Woody.
Toy Story 4 is out in the UK on 21 June 2019.
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