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Chris Evans admits his first attempt at Buzz Lightyear's voice was 'shameless Tim Allen impression'


Tim Allen will forever be linked to Buzz Lightyear, and his influence affected Chris Evans’ first attempts at voicing the character for the Toy Story spin-off film Lightyear.

The 40-year-old Knives Out actor said he was doing a ‘shameless’ impression of the Home Improvement star playing the character when he first started.

‘The first time you have to do that iconic line, “To Infinity and Beyond…,” you kind of just do a shameless Tim Allen impression. It’s intimidating,’ he said in an interview with Variety at the film’s premiere. 

Taking his cues: Tim Allen will forever be linked to Buzz Lightyear, and his influence affected Chris Evans' first attempts at voicing the character for the Toy Story spin-off film Lightyear; Chris pictured on June 8

Taking his cues: Tim Allen will forever be linked to Buzz Lightyear, and his influence affected Chris Evans’ first attempts at voicing the character for the Toy Story spin-off film Lightyear; Chris pictured on June 8

He went on to say that the film’s director Angus MacLane really helped him find the voice for this iteration of the character. 

‘Everyone at Pixar was so collaborative, and you kind of let them guide you,’ he explained. ‘Eventually you feel comfortable enough to make your own tracks in the snow and find your own interpretation, while still using Tim Allen as the blueprint.’

At the same premiere where The Avengers actor talked about voicing the iconic character, his co-star Keke Palmer said fans will be blown away by Evans’ performance. 

Whoops! The 40-year-old Knives Out actor said he was doing a 'shameless' impression of the Home Improvement star playing the character when he first started; Tim pictured in 2019

Whoops! The 40-year-old Knives Out actor said he was doing a ‘shameless’ impression of the Home Improvement star playing the character when he first started; Tim pictured in 2019 

Finding his voice: He went on to say that the film's director Angus MacLane really helped him find the voice for this iteration of the beloved Toy Story character (pictured)

Finding his voice: He went on to say that the film’s director Angus MacLane really helped him find the voice for this iteration of the beloved Toy Story character (pictured) 

‘Wait until you guys hear how Chris Evans did Buzz,’ she told the publication. ‘A lot of people probably feel like, “Oh my gosh, how can you do Buzz again? How can you replace Tim?”

‘There’s no replacing, but there is some evolution, and Chris nailed it. I can’t wait for the kids to get into it, and the parents.’ 

The True Jackson, VP star went on to say that she wants another Toy Story character to receive the origin story treatment. ‘Point blank period! I need to know where my man Woody came from,’ she revealed. 

Lightyear follows the inspiration for the iconic toy made famous by Toy Story – a legendary space ranger who must help his friends on an intergalactic adventure. 

Evans also recently reexplained the plot of the film almost two years after a tweet he initially put out was ridiculed by fans. 

Complimentary: At the same premiere where The Avengers actor talked about voicing the iconic character, his co-star Keke Palmer said fans will be blown away by Evans' performance

Complimentary: At the same premiere where The Avengers actor talked about voicing the iconic character, his co-star Keke Palmer said fans will be blown away by Evans’ performance

The man behind the toy: Lightyear follows the inspiration for the iconic toy made famous by the Toy Story ¿ a legendary space ranger who must help his friends on an intergalactic adventure

The man behind the toy: Lightyear follows the inspiration for the iconic toy made famous by the Toy Story – a legendary space ranger who must help his friends on an intergalactic adventure

At the time he wrote, ‘And just to be clear, this isn’t Buzz Lightyear the toy. This is the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on.’

On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Friday, the actor explained it more clearly by using an anecdote about how the film was explained to him by MacLane. 

‘It began by him saying, ‘So when I was a kid, I loved Star Wars.’ The first slide was five-year-old Angus covered in Han Solo gear. And he said it was his whole world, he had all the toys, his friends loved it. 

‘He said that when he first saw the first Toy Story and when Andy got Buzz Lightyear and all his friends knew who Buzz was, he wondered, what was the movie in their world that they saw that made Buzz such an icon. This is the movie,’ he said. 

The film will star Evans, Palmer, Taika Waititi, James Brolin and a number of other actors and actresses. 

Lightyear is set for release in theaters on June 17. It will be the 26th feature-length film released by Pixar.   

Another feature: Lightyear is set for release in theaters on June 17. It will be the 26th feature-length film released by Pixar

Another feature: Lightyear is set for release in theaters on June 17. It will be the 26th feature-length film released by Pixar

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