Before Chris Evans’ Lightyear hits theaters, Patricia Heaton shares brutally honest thoughts on replacing Tim Allen
From Pixar Light year was first announced almost two years ago, not only was it surprising to hear that Andy’s favorite toy had an origin story beyond being, well, a toy, but that the spin-off would feature Captain America actor Chris Evans rather than Tim Allen. As the upcoming movie gears up to hit theaters next weekend, that conversation continues, as Allen sitcom actor Patricia Heaton has some choice words for the Pixar movie.
Patricia Heaton from Everybody loves Raymond and The middle fame took Twitter Tuesday to share his feelings on Light year. In his words:
I saw the Buzz Lightyear trailer and all I can say is that Disney/Pixar made a HUGE mistake not casting my buddy @ofctimallen Tim Allen in the role he created, the role he has. Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely neuter this iconic and beloved character?June 14, 2022
The 64-year-old comedy actress, who called Tim Allen a “boyfriend,” shared her feelings that she felt Disney and Pixar made a “HUGE mistake” in not casting him for the toy story spin off. Patricia Heaton thinks Allen “owns” the role of Buzz Lightyear and asked why the animation studio would “neuter” his “iconic and beloved character”.
Light year is framed like the movie Andy watched that not only inspired the best-selling toy, but was the reason the young boy from toy story is so obsessed with the character. In another tweet, Heaton acknowledged the film was an origin story, but continued to rush to Allen’s side, claiming he was the “reason” the character was so beloved. She also included the hashtag “#stupidHollywooddecisions.”
If Patricia Heaton feels that way, so do many other fans. The decision remains controversial at this time as some people share Heaton’s sentiments while others have ideas as to why Allen isn’t the star of Light year. Some think he may have passed on the role, while others think it makes sense given Tim Allen’s age or because of Light year‘s Buzz Lightyear being a movie character rather than a toy.
Light yearthe director of , Angus MacLane, has already spoken about Chris Evans being the “first choice” of the film. Chris Evans is a huge Pixar and animation fan who MacLane pitched the idea to during a Powerpoint presentation where the filmmaker explained the concept to the actor. Evans admitted that when he first tried playing Buzz he found himself doing a “shameless Tim Allen impression”, particularly saying “To infinity and beyond”, but he then found his own way in character.
Before Light yearthe theatrical release of, a first for Pixar since the COVID-19 pandemic, the film received generally positive reviews from critics. CinemaBlend’s Mike Reyes gave the film a 3.5 out of 5 in his Light year examstating that the film “goes beyond what one might have expected” from the premise despite not being a perfect film.
Light year hits theaters this Friday, June 17. In the meantime, you can consult our interviews with the cast of Light yearincluding with Chris Evans, and stay tuned here for more exclusives.