John Morris was seven when he was cast as the voice of Andy in Toy Story. He went to an open call for boys, who were each told to bring their one favorite toy. He brought his entire X-Men collection. I remember my mom saying, No, no, no, you have to choose one toy, and I was just like, Unheard of! I brought 45 X-Men figures and dumped them all out on the floor, he says. I remember [the Pixar team] bursting out in laughter. I couldn't choose just one. I had to bring them all. It was a part of a set. I think Pixar sort of got that. They were just like, Yeah, he had to bring all of his toys.
Morris had to read for the role again when it came time for the first sequel (he was 13), and once more for Toy Story 3, which hits theaters today. Pixar needed to know if he could still capture Andy's spirit and imagination. After speaking with Morris - now 25, and living in the San Francisco Bay Area where his dream is to bounce back-and-forth between theater (Berkeley Rep and A.C.T.) and voice work (Pixar and Lucasfilm) - it was clear that the 2007 graduate of UCLA's Theater Arts program has managed to hold onto that little boy's enthusiasm, not to mention his love of toys.
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