Tom Hanks says he can't understand why Tim Allen was dropped from Disney flop 'Lightyear'
Tim Allen's co-star in 'Toy Story', Tom Hanks revealed that he never understood the decision with the latest 'Lightyear' not recasting the veteran actor. The latest Disney installment saw Chris Evans voice the iconic Buzz Lightyear. Talking to Cinemablend earlier in an interview, Hanks opined about how he has to compete with a 'Toy Story' spinoff and Allen at the Box Office.
"How about that? Actually, I wanted to go head-to-head with Tim Allen and then they didn’t let Tim Allen do it," Hanks remarked. "I don’t understand that. Here’s the thing – just as long as people come back to the motion picture theater. I want to go back to the theatre with a bunch of strangers and leave with something in common. That’s what I want to do and, going to see a movie with him [Allen] – I’m looking forward to that.”
Allen's recasting has stirred up quite the controversy even as chatter about the movie increased closer to its release date. On his part, Allen said he had "stayed out of this" while talking to Extra. "I've stayed out of this," he said. "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 to voice the space ranger for four more films in the franchise, but it was Evans who was chosen to play the character.