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Patricia Heaton slams ‘Lightyear’ for replacing Tim Allen

Patricia Heaton slams ‘Lightyear’ for replacing Tim Allen

Patricia Heaton disagreed with them telling Tim Allen to walk away.

The ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ actress has blasted Disney for replacing Allen with ‘Captain America’ star Chris Evans in the new ‘Toy Story’ spinoff ‘Lightyear’.

“I saw the Buzz Lightyear trailer and all I can say is that Disney/Pixar made a BIG mistake not casting my homie Tim Allen in the role he created , the role he owns,” the 64-year-old sitcom star fumed. on Tuesday in a viral Twitter feed with thousands of shares. “Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely neuter this iconic and beloved character?”

Allen, 69, memorably voiced the irrepressible budding astronaut in the 1995 original “Toy Story,” as well as its sequels “Toy Story 2” and “Toy Story 3,” as well as countless other projects.

Needless to say, Twitterati were quick to ridicule “The Middle” actress, with a joking detractor“A spoiler alert on Buzz Lightyear’s castration scene would have been nice.”

“Hey Patricia! Totally agree, the castration scene in the movie seemed unnecessary and crude in light of the casting choice,” made fun of another. “Seeing Buzz’s genitals was exciting, but knowing it wasn’t Tool Man’s own penis and testicles really blew me away! It was incredibly hard to reach.

Meanwhile, writer Wajahat Ali accused Heaton of enacting the “perpetual victim”.

“Tim Allen is a multi-millionaire with a Disney+ project in the works,” he wrote. “Life is very good for him. Everything will be alright.

Patricia Heaton attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Lionsgate
“Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely neuter this iconic and beloved character?” Patricia Heaton wrote on Twitter.
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However, others have pointed out that casting Tim Allen wouldn’t have made canonical sense because “Lightyear” isn’t about Buzz Lightyear the toy, but rather the action hero he was based on.

“Are people not paying attention? » fumed a movie fan. “Tim Allen’s Buzz is the person-based toy. Chris Evan’s Buzz is the real person who inspired the toy. The movie is about Buzz Lightyear the Person, not Andy’s toy.

“Lightyear” producer Galyn Susman has since confirmed that this discrepancy was the reason Chris Evans was cast in the role. “We weren’t doing a ‘Toy Story’ movie,” she said at a recent press conference. “We are doing the Buzz Lightyear movie. And so first and foremost, we just needed a different person playing this Lightyear, separate from the toy.

Chris Evans poses with a Buzz Lightyear character at the UK Premiere of Lightyear at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2022 in London, England.
Chris Evans poses with a Buzz Lightyear character at the UK premiere of Lightyear at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2022 in London.
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In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, “Lightyear” director Angus MacLane claimed that Allen wouldn’t suit his version of Buzz, who “is a little goofier and a little dumber, and so he’s the comic relief.”

“In this movie, Buzz is the action hero,” MacLane explained. “He’s serious, ambitious and funny, but not in a goofy way that would undermine the drama. Chris Evans has the gravitas and that movie star quality that our character needed to separate him and the movie from the toy version of Tim in “Toy Story.”

Nevertheless, Heaton refused to give up his position. “OK, so the current Buzz Lightyear movie is an origin story – but the reason the character has become so beloved is because of what [Tim Allen] created,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet. “Why remove the only element that makes us want to see it? »

Actor Tim Allen poses for the camera while in costume in this undated promotional photo for his new film,
Actor Tim Allen poses for the camera while in costume for ‘The Santa Clause 2’.
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During this time, some of his supporters postulated that Allen was snubbed because of his conservative views. “Disney makes ALL decisions with the political implications in mind,” a skeptical commenter wrote. “Tim Allen is conservative and therefore no longer suitable for hire in a Disney production. Stop with the ‘it’s not the toy’ or other twist. You know and I know why Allen didn’t voice Buzz.

Last year, Allen’s sitcom “Last Man Standing” was canceled by Disney-owned ABC, which outraged fans attributed to the family comedy promoting conservative values. However, the network denied that the decision was based on politics.

“Lightyear,” which also features the voices of Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, James Brolin, Peter Sohn and Uzo Aduba, hits theaters on Friday.

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