Tim Allen has commented for the first time on being replaced by Chris Evans as the voice of Buzz Lightyear.
This year saw the release of Lightyear, which focuses on Buzz's time as a Space Ranger, rather than as the toy we all know and love from the Toy Story franchise.
As this is an origin story, of sorts, Evans was selected to play a younger version of Buzz, but Allen thinks this version doesn't have a connection to his character or Toy Story.
"The short answer is I've stayed out of this 'cause it has nothing to do ," he said in an interview with Extra.
"This is a whole new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies.
"It's a wonderful story. It just doesn't seem to have any connection to the toy, and it's a little… I don't know. It just has no relationship to Buzz. It's just no connection. I wish there was a better connection to this."
Why was Allen replaced by Evans for Lightyear?
Lightyear's director, Angus MacLane has explained why Allen was replaced.
“Tim’s version of Buzz is a little goofier and is a little dumber, and so he is the comic relief," he told Vanity Fair.
"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.”
The movie's producer Galyn Susman said it was important to differentiate this Buzz from toy Buzz.
“Tim really is the embodiment of the toy Buzz, and this isn’t the toy world, so it really doesn’t make sense," reports The Hollywood Reporter.
"There’s not really a role. It would just cause more confusion for audiences instead of helping them understand the movie we’re trying to tell.”
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