Patricia Heaton Disappointed by Pixar’s Decision to Recast Tim Allen in Lightyear

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Patricia Heaton, a friend of Tim Allen, is going to infinity and beyond to support him. 

Heaton has spoken out about her disappointment regarding Allen’s lack of involvement with the new film, Lightyear.

“Saw the trailer for Buzz Lightyear, and all I can say is Disney/Pixar made a HUGE mistake in not casting my pal Tim Allen in the role that he originated, the role that he owns,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely castrate this iconic, beloved character?” 

The iconic character will now be voiced by Chris Evans in Pixar’s follow-up of the beloved film, which features a more different character than the one Allen portrayed in the Toy Story films. 

Evans suited up as the Lightyear, an action hero from whom Allen’s character – toy version is inspired.

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“In the Toy Story universe, [Lightyear] would be like a movie that maybe Andy would have seen, that would have made him want a Buzz Lightyear figure,” said filmmaker Angus MacLane in a previous interview with EW. 

Regarding the differences between Evans’ and Allen’s roles, MacLane said in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, “Tim’s version of Buzz is a little goofier and is a little dumber, and so he is the comic relief. In this film, Buzz is the action hero. He’s serious and ambitious and funny, but not in a goofy way that would undercut the drama.

“Chris Evans has the gravitas and that movie-star quality that our character needed to separate him and the movie from Tim’s version of the toy in Toy Story,” he added. 

Once fans on Twitter made the distinction, Heaton responded with an explanation of her own.

“Ok so the current Buzz Lightyear movie is an origin story – but the reason the character became so beloved is because of what Tim Allen created,” she replied. 

“Why remove the one element that makes us want to see it,” she added, with the hashtag, “#stupidhollywooddecisions.” This Friday, Lightyear will premiere in theaters. The film features the voices of Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, James Brolin, Peter Sohn, and Uzo Aduba, among others.

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