Following Disney’s decision to recast the part of Buzz Lightyear in the upcoming spin-off movie Lightyear, Tom Hanks has finally spoken out.
Why Tim Allen wasn’t chosen to play Buzz in Lightyear has been questioned by Tom Hanks.
Tom Hanks Questions Pixar’s Decision
Many people believed Allen would be voicing the character when the movie was first revealed. But it was made known that Chris Evans would be carrying out the action.
Evans clarified that the movie was not based on the toy but rather the real-life astronaut who served as the inspiration for the toy within the Pixar universe in order to defend his casting. Director Angus MacLane labelled the choice as “deliberate” in the meanwhile.
When asked if it was “weird to be in theatres beside a Buzz Lightyear film,” actor Tom Hanks, who voices Woody in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, responded, “How about that? I actually wanted to compete against Tim Allen, but they disallowed Tim Allen from doing so. I fail to comprehend that.
“Sure, yeah, I know,” he responded when it was mentioned that Evans was playing the part.
Here’s the issue, I want to return to the theatre with a group of strangers and leave with something in common, he added. That’s what I want to accomplish, and I’m looking forward to seeing a movie with [Allen].
The Woody actor expressed his confusion over Pixar’s choice to pass on Tim Allen for the Buzz part. The prevailing belief is that Buzz from the 2022 film isn’t necessarily the same character as the one featured in the original trilogy because Lightyear is actually the movie that exists within the Toy Story universe that prompts Andy, the main character, to buy the action figure inspired by it.
Hanks responded, “I actually wanted to go head-to-head with Tim Allen, but then they didn’t allow Tim Allen do it,” when asked how he felt about his movie Elvis competing with Lightyear at the box office. A distinct kind of Woody and Buzz reunion was lost there.
However, Hanks is ultimately just relieved that after a difficult couple of years, moviegoers are once again flocking to the movies. This is the thing: as long as people continue to visit movie theatres. I want to return to the theatre with a large group of unfamiliar people and leave having met some of them. I want to do it,” he declared.
In 1995’s Toy Story, the first full-length film produced by Pixar, Hanks and Allen debuted as Woody and Buzz Lightyear. In the sequels that were published in 1999, 2010, and 2019, the on-screen friends made a comeback to voice their roles.
Evans has defended his choice of actors and made it clear that Lightyear is not based on the toy but instead was inspired by the astronaut who served as the toy’s “real-life” model in the Pixar world.