Tim Allen reacts to ‘Lightyear’ starring Chris Evans: ‘Nothing to do with the first movies’
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Tim Allen is sharing his thoughts on the new Disney film “Lightyear” that stars Chris Evans.
During an interview with “Extra,” Allen, 69, said the prequel to “Toy Story” is completely different from the original films.
“This is a whole new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies,” he shared.
Allen famously voiced the astronaut doll character since 1995 and reprised the role for “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Toy Story 4” in addition to a host of other projects.
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The “Home Improvement” star was shocked to learn that the new Disney film was not a live-action movie starring “real humans.”
“There’s really no ‘Toy Story’ Buzz without Woody,” Allen shared. “It just doesn’t seem to have any connection to the toy.”
Evans shared with “Good Morning America” that he was “very” humbled to play Buzz Lightyear.
“My younger version would have just been pinching himself,” Evans said, adding he has been a huge fan of Disney and Pixar animations since he was a child.
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The actor admitted he “certainly studied” Allen on all four of the “Toy Story” films before stepping into this role.
“Look, Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear,” Evans said. “What he did in those movies is so iconic and so loved, and I’d be a fool not to incorporate some of his choices into this role.
“The character in this movie is the human version that the toy is based off of, so it makes sense to have a little bit of overlap, luckily for me. What Tim Allen did was pretty untouchable.”
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Director Angus MacLane explained the character’s differences to Vanity Fair earlier this month and noted Allen’s version of Buzz from the ’90s was “a little goofier” than the new adaptation.
“In this film, Buzz is the action hero. He’s serious and ambitious and funny, but not in a goofy way that would undercut the drama,” MacLane said.
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“Chris Evans has the gravitas and that movie-star quality that our character needed to separate him and the movie from Tim’s version of the toy in ‘Toy Story.'”
Fox News’ Tracy Wright contributed to this report.