In addition to the lead boy, Tom Hanks played the character’s dad, the conductor, the hobo, and Santa Claus in The Polar Express, bringing his total character count up to five. Because the movie was made using motion capture, Hanks had to act out each part on a soundstage as well as speak the lines.Click to see full answer. Keeping this in view, how much did Tom Hanks make for Polar Express?When Hanks and Zemeckis took “Polar Express” to Universal Pictures, where there was a deal with Castle Rock Entertainment, the film’s producers, the studio was unenthusiastic about making a movie for which the two men would get not only $40 million in salary but 35% of the first-dollar gross — 20% to Hanks, 15% toSubsequently, question is, who played six different roles in Polar Express? Tom Hanks Regarding this, who played Santa in Polar Express movie? Tom Hanks Why do the Polar Express characters not have names?The main characters don’t have names, just handy identifying monikers like “Hero Boy” and “Hero Girl” (the latter so named probably because “Token Person of Color” just doesn’t swing). Hero Boy (his voice is provided by Tom Hanks) has just reached the age where he has begun to doubt the existence of Santa Claus.