Patricia Heaton Blasts Disney For Not Casting Tim Allen As Buzz Lightyear
Disney and Pixar are being slammed by Patricia Heaton for not casting Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear in the new movie "Lightyear."
Patricia Heaton of “Everybody Loves Raymond” fame took to Twitter on Tuesday to slam Disney and Pixar for not casting him in the role of Buzz Lightyear in the new movie Lightyear, which you can check out a trailer for below.
Lightyear fr has one of the best movie trailers of all time. It had no right to go this hard pic.twitter.com/EiYsMM4NFF
— CAPTAIN_117 (@captain_117) June 10, 2022
Allen Gets Recast
Though Allen originated the role of Buzz Lightyear in the classic Pixar movie Toy Story, Chris Evans was cast in the role in this new movie. Coincidentally, Evans is 28 years younger than Allen to the day, with each of them celebrating birthdays yesterday.
Chris Evans and Tim Allen both share their birthday today, June 13 😲
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) June 13, 2022
Heaton Sounds Off
Heaton did not take the recasting well, and she let her feelings be known on Twitter today.
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“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. “Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely castrate this iconic, beloved character?”
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. Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely castrate this iconic, beloved character?
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) June 14, 2022
Here’s Why Allen Was Recast
Last week, Lightyear director Angus MacLane explained that casting Evans instead of Allen was intentional on the part of the filmmakers.
“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 told Vanity Fair. “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,” MacLane added.
In this new brand clip from Pixar's Lightyear!
It's pretty nice to hear this callback to one of Buzz Lightyear's iconic quotes from The First Toy Story film.
"You're mocking me, Aren't you?"
And it shows us how Chris Evans delivers that line in comparison to Tim Allen's version. pic.twitter.com/qYXqQFycur
— Woody and Daffy Duck (Daniel) (@DaffyWoody) June 8, 2022
Evans Discusses Allen
Evans himself was quick to praise Allen for his original portrayal of the role, saying that he used “Allen as a guideline”.
“I’d be a fool not to acknowledge the work he did,” he said. “But I couldn’t just do a shameless impression. I had to somehow create my own understanding of the character, and try to make some fresh tracks in the snow while paying homage to the great work that he did.”
“Eventually I felt comfortable enough to make my own interpretation, and part of that was lowering the tone of my voice,” Evans continued. “I basically have to lower the register of my voice in everything that I do.”
Evans doubled down in another interview, saying that Allen “is Buzz Lightyear to me too – I grew up on these movies.”
“So, you certainly want to use it as a template…And he did such a good job, I would be a fool to not absorb some of the choices,” he continued, according to Daily Mail. “But at the same time you have to kind of make some kind of fresh track in the snow.”
'BIG SHOES TO FILL': Actor @ChrisEvans admits he was nervous signing up to voice Buzz Lightyear in new movie "Lightyear" following Tim Allen's previous work on the "Toy Story" character. pic.twitter.com/ZWd9gi09a1
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) June 9, 2022
Disney And Pixar Hit With Backlash
Unfortunately for Evans, Disney, and Pixar, however, many fans agree with Heaton on this situation.
Tim Allen will always be the iconic voice of Buzz Lightyear. The director's explanation that Chris Evans would take the role more seriously and not be goofy like Allen totally downplays Tim Allen's acting skills and his ability to play diverse roles. #TimAllen https://t.co/HTXbmBIHpo
— Stephen Murphy (@smurphy823) June 14, 2022
Disney replaced Tim Allen wit ChrisEvans.
Typical WOKE nonsense. Never let your kids watch Bambi, its traumatizing. pic.twitter.com/Zdnyd2wwnX
— BullyBoxing (@boxing_bully) June 14, 2022
Pixar are cowards for not sticking with Tim Allen for Lightyear. You’ve made your bed, we deserve a press tour that feels like your dad steering all dinner conversation back to politics.
— Brendan Frasier Crane (@bf_crane) June 10, 2022
Tim Allen will always be Buzz Lightyear, so thanks but no thanks, Pixar.
— That Chick From Seattle (@burnedinseattle) June 14, 2022
Not planning on seeing Buzz LightYear..God Bless Tim Allen getting out just before the Franchise went woke.
— Lady_Of_The_Kingdom (@Muse_or_Moxy) June 14, 2022
Allen has long been open about his conservative views, which likely didn’t sit well with the “woke” executives over at Disney and Pixar. With backlash over his recasting only growing online, however, they should not be surprised if Lightyear ends up being a massive flop.