Tom Hanks does not understand why Disney opted to replace “Toy Story” voice actor Tim Allen with Chris Evans in “Lightyear.”
The new Pixar spinoff does not feature Hanks or Allen, who voiced Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively, in the franchise’s four films from 1995 to 2019.
Hanks — whose latest flick “Elvis” is also in cinemas now — was asked in a recent interview whether it was “strange to be in theaters opposite a Buzz Lightyear film.”
“How ’bout that? I actually wanted to go head-to-head with Tim Allen, and then they didn’t let Tim Allen do it. I don’t understand that,” the “Forrest Gump” star, 65, told CinemaBlend.
When the interviewer mentioned the studio’s decision to replace Allen, 69, with Evans, 41, Hanks responded, “Yeah, yeah, I know,” but then appeared to soften his stance.
“Here’s the deal: I want to go back into the theatre with a bunch of strangers and walk out with something in common,” he explained.
“That’s exactly what I intend to do.” And I’m looking forward to seeing a movie with him.”
The “Home Improvement” alum has also been outspoken in his criticism of the film, which follows Buzz’s origin story, telling “Extra” that he was disappointed it did not bear a stronger resemblance to the character he created.
“This is a completely new team that had nothing to do with the first movies,” Allen explained.
“In a nutshell, I’ve stayed out of this.” … I mistook it for a live-action film. When they said they were doing it live-action, I assumed they meant real people, not an animated thing.” There was also “no Buzz without [Hanks’] Woody,” according to Allen.
“So I’m not sure what the idea is… I’m a plot guy,” he admitted. “If this were done in 1997, it would appear to be a big adventure story, and from what I can tell, it isn’t. It’s a fantastic story. It just doesn’t seem to be related to the toy.”
Despite the criticism, Evans recently praised Allen’s previous portrayal of Buzz.
“My younger self would have just been pinching himself,” the “Captain America” star said on June 17 during an interview with “Good Morning America.”
“Look, Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear,” Evans admitted. What he did in those films is so iconic and beloved that I’d be a fool not to use some of his choices in this role.
“The character in this film is the human version of the toy, so it makes sense to have a little bit of overlap, fortunately for me,” the “Avengers” star explained. “What Tim Allen accomplished was virtually untouchable.”
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