Patricia Heaton Says Pixar ‘Made a HUGE Mistake’ for not Casting Tim Allen in Lightyear

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Patricia Heaton has gone to infinity and beyond for her friend Tim Allen. 

Heaton, noting that Allen will not be reprising his Toy Story role as Buzz Lightyear in this new film Lightyear, spoke out on social media. 

“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?” 

Pixar has announced that Chris Evans will voice Buzz Lightyear in their follow-up of the iconic movie. The character is more different than Allen Park’s role in Toy Story films. 

Evans plays the Lightyear, an action hero from whom Allen’s character – the toy version – was based. 

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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. 

Later on, fans quickly pointed out the distinction between the two characters.

She replied, “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.” 

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

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