Patricia Heaton expresses her disappointment with Tim Allen’s absence from the cast of Toy Story 3.
On June 14, the actress tweeted, “Saw the teaser for Buzz Lightyear and all I can say is Disney/Pixar made a HUGE mistake in not putting my mate @ofctimallen Tim Allen in the role that he originated, the position that he owns.” “Buzz is Tim! Why would they castrate such a well-known and adored figure?”
Allen delivered Buzz Lightyear’s voice in each of the four Toy Story films. In the new film Lightyear, Chris Evans portrays the character of the space ranger, not the toy.
“Ok, so the current Buzz Lightyear film is an origin story – but what @ofctimallen created is why the character became so beloved,” Heaton continued. “Why take away the one thing that entices us to watch it? #stupidHollywooddecisions.”
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director Angus MacLane expressed his thoughts on the casting selection.
“Buzz was a Toy Story side character that was a little goofier and comedy relief,” he explained. “Buzz needed more gravitas, a little more vulnerability, and he needed to be funny, but not in a goofy way that would detract from the drama. Chris was the epitome of all of them.”
Allen’s return was not considered during the creative process, according to THR.
“Tim is the toy Buzz, and this isn’t the toy world,” producer Galyn Susman told the outlet. “There isn’t much of a role to be played here. Instead of helping people grasp the movie we’re attempting to tell, it would merely add to their confusion.”
On Twitter, MacLane said it best: “Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear, the toy from TOY STORY, and will always be Buzz Lightyear. Buzz Lightyear from BUZZ LIGHTYEAR OF STAR COMMAND is and will always be played by Patrick Warburton. Buzz Lightyear from #Lightyear is and always will be Chris Evans.”
Evans spoke about what it was like to play Buzz Lightyear at the Lightyear premiere on June 8 in Los Angeles. While he admitted to E! News that he didn’t contact Allen, he did say that his admiration for the original Buzz Lightyear’s performance is endless the actors even have the same birthday.
“You’re really excited because I love Pixar, but there’s also a lot of pressure because it’s obviously a character we all know and love,” Evans said. “As a result, you’ll want to make sure you honour Tim Allen’s accomplishments. In my opinion, he looks exactly like Buzz Lightyear. However, because the toy is supposed to be based on the character, you must use what he did as a guide and acknowledge it.”