Tim Allen says Disney flop 'Lightyear' 'has no relationship to Buzz' after he was replaced by Chris Evans
Tim Allen finally shed light on what he thought about the latest 'Lightyear' movie. The 69-year-old made headlines after he was replaced by 'Captain America' star Chris Evans to voice Buzz Lightyear, the titular character. In an interview with Extra, he said the discussion for the movie was underway a few years ago, and Allen was under the impression it was a film with real humans and "not an animated thing".
"I've stayed out of this," Allen said during a June 29 interview with Extra. "We talked about this many years ago…but the brass that did the first four movies is not this. It's a whole new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies." He felt the movie was not complete without Woody. "I'm not sure what the idea—I'm a plot guy. It would seem to be a big adventure story, and as I see it, it's not a big adventure story. It's a wonderful story, it just doesn't seem to have any connection to the toy. It has no relationship to Buzz."
'Lightyear' hit cinemas on June 17 and is a prequel to the '95 cult classic, 'Toy Story' starring Tom Hanks and Allen as Woody and Buzz. The latter went on voice the space ranger for four more films in the franchise, but it was Evans who was chosen to play the character in what came as a shocker — including Patricia Heaton. Three days before the movie release, the actress slammed Disney for not casting Allen as Buzz.
"Saw the trailer for Buzz Lightyear and all I can say is Disney/Pixar made a HUGE mistake in not casting my pal @ofctimallen Tim Allen in the role that he originated, the role that he owns," she tweeted June 14. "Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely castrate this iconic, beloved character?" Critic reviews for the flick were mostly mixed. Most of them felt that the film’s story is just “okay” and a bit generic as compared to the other ‘Toy Story’ movie.