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Tim Allen SLAMS new Lightyear movie after he was axed from Disney film that flopped opening weekend


Tim Allen has slammed the underperforming Toy Story spin-off film, Lightyear, after the conservative star was replaced voicing the character by Chris Evans.

The 69-year-old actor blasted the film – which recently flopped on opening weekend – during an interview with Extra on Wednesday.

Although he said he personally liked the story, Allen criticized the film’s lack of continuty to the beloved Toy Story franchise and his exclusion from the project by the ‘new team’ at the helm. 

‘It’s a wonderful story, it just doesn’t seem to have any connection to the toy,’ Allen said. ‘It has no relationship to Buzz.’ 

‘We talked about this many years ago…but the brass that did the first four movies is not this. It’s a whole new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies. 

‘I’ve stayed out of this.’ 

Not holding back: Tim Allen has slammed the Toy Story spin-off film Lightyear after the conservative star was replaced

Not holding back: Tim Allen has slammed the Toy Story spin-off film Lightyear after the conservative star was replaced

Interesting: Chris Evans took over the role of Buzz Lightyear in the origin story prequel, as he is pictured with a statue of the character in London earlier this month

Interesting: Chris Evans took over the role of Buzz Lightyear in the origin story prequel, as he is pictured with a statue of the character in London earlier this month

‘This is like Thirties Germany’: Tim Allen tells Jimmy Kimmel what it’s like being pro-Trump in 2017

Asked about attending Trump’s inauguration by Jimmy Kimmel in 2017, he said: ‘You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes.

‘This is like Thirties Germany. I don’t know what happened. If you’re not part of the group, ”You know what we believe is right”, I go, ”Well, I might have a problem with that”. I’m a comedian, I like going on both sides.’

He added: ‘I literally don’t preach anything. What I’ve done is I’ve just not joined into, as I call it, the ”we culture”. I’m not telling anybody else how to live. I don’t like that.’

Allen also told Fox those who slam Trump in Hollywood are hypocrites, adding: ‘What I find odd in Hollywood is that they didn’t like Trump because he was a bully.’

‘But if you had any kind of inkling that you were for Trump, you got bullied for doing that. And that’s where this gets a little hypocritical to me.’

Allen went on to say that he did not originally think the film would be animated like the previous Toy Story films and that it was actually live-action.

He said: ‘There’s really no Toy Story Buzz without Woody. I’m not sure what the idea—I’m a plot guy. It would seem to be a big adventure story, and as I see, it’s not a big adventure story. 

Allen voiced Buzz Lightyear alongside Tom Hanks who voiced cowboy Woody in the 1995 Pixar film Toy Story, which scooped $373 million at the box office and has since become of the most well-loved animated films of all time.

He then reprised the role in several sequel films and animated shorts, and voiced the animated astro-toy as recently as 2019 in Toy Story 4.

Many Toy Story fans had speculated previously whether Tim was replaced by Chris Evans in the prequel was a politically motivated decision, based on Allen’s support of the Republican party and conservative politics.

Allen has been quoted as saying he ‘liked that Donald Trump pissed people off’ and has previously referred to himself as ‘politically, kind of an anarchist’.

Asked about attending Trump’s inauguration by Jimmy Kimmel in 2017, he said: ‘You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes.

‘This is like Thirties Germany. I don’t know what happened. If you’re not part of the group, ”You know what we believe is right”, I go, ”Well, I might have a problem with that”. I’m a comedian, I like going on both sides.’

He added: ‘I literally don’t preach anything. What I’ve done is I’ve just not joined into, as I call it, the ”we culture”. I’m not telling anybody else how to live. I don’t like that.’

Allen also told Fox those who slam Trump in Hollywood are hypocrites, adding: ‘What I find odd in Hollywood is that they didn’t like Trump because he was a bully.’

‘But if you had any kind of inkling that you were for Trump, you got bullied for doing that. And that’s where this gets a little hypocritical to me.’

Opening up: The 69-year-old actor blasted the film - which recently flopped on opening weekend - during an interview with Extra on Wednesday

Opening up: The 69-year-old actor blasted the film – which recently flopped on opening weekend – during an interview with Extra on Wednesday

Allen did not pull any punches discussing Lightyear as he said saying the new team did not include him

He blasted the film for not including continuity with the Toy Story franchise

Allen did not pull any punches discussing Lightyear as he said: ‘I’ve stayed out of this. We talked about this many years ago…but the brass that did the first four movies is not this. It’s a whole new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies’

Lightyear flopped in its first weekend in theaters, with the new Toy Story spin-off film earning only $51.7 million in North America.

Not only did the movie open lower than expected last week, but it also failed to conquer Jurassic World: Dominion, which held on to the first-place spot with $58.7 million in its second weekend.

The movie was also pulled from 14 countries for including a gay kissing scene that Disney refused to pull. 

Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board said it approved the movie with parental guidance for those under 13 on the condition that scenes and dialogues ‘found to contain elements promoting the LGBT lifestyle’ that violated guidelines were ‘cut and muted.’

But Disney apparently did not agree to the conditions and decided instead to cancel the screening, the board said, adding that it would not compromise on any LGBTQ scenes.

It comes after Disney came out against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, whose official title is the Parental Rights in Education Bill, last month after facing immense pressure from staff members.

The bill prohibits public school instruction on gender and sexuality between kindergarten and third grade.

To infinity? Last weekend Lightyear flopped in its first weekend in theaters, with the new Toy Story spin-off film earning $51.7 million in North America

To infinity? Last weekend Lightyear flopped in its first weekend in theaters, with the new Toy Story spin-off film earning $51.7 million in North America

Taking a bite out of the competition: Not only did the movie open lower than expected, but it also failed to conquer Jurassic World: Dominion, which held on to the first-place spot with $58.7 million in its second weekend

Taking a bite out of the competition: Not only did the movie open lower than expected, but it also failed to conquer Jurassic World: Dominion, which held on to the first-place spot with $58.7 million in its second weekend

Allen’s disappearance had sparked criticism of Disney Pixar for what some believe was a shallow, politically-motivated silencing of an instantly recognizable voice.

Author Brigitte Gabriel tweeted: ‘Tim Allen is the only person capable of being Buzz Lightyear. Did Disney cancel him for being a Republican?’.

Other users said it was ‘sad’ that Allen had been ‘canceled for wrong-think and hit out at Disney’s ‘woke’ agenda.

It comes after comedian Allen had his sitcom Last Man Standing canceled by network ABC in 2017 despite it being one of the most popular shows at the time.

Many speculated it was because Allen simply refused to shy away from voicing his political stance.

Many Toy Story fans had speculated previously whether Tim was replaced by Chris Evans in the prequel was a politically motivated decision, based on Allen's support of the Republican party and conservative politics as author Brigitte Gabriel tweeted: 'Tim Allen is the only person capable of being Buzz Lightyear. Did Disney cancel him for being a Republican?'

Many Toy Story fans had speculated previously whether Tim was replaced by Chris Evans in the prequel was a politically motivated decision, based on Allen’s support of the Republican party and conservative politics as author Brigitte Gabriel tweeted: ‘Tim Allen is the only person capable of being Buzz Lightyear. Did Disney cancel him for being a Republican?’

Other users said hit out at Disney's 'woke' agenda and referred to Allen's sitcom, Last Man Standing, which was canceled by network ABC in 2017 despite being one of the year's most popular shows

Other users said hit out at Disney’s ‘woke’ agenda and referred to Allen’s sitcom, Last Man Standing, which was canceled by network ABC in 2017 despite being one of the year’s most popular shows

Another user tweeted it was 'sad' that Allen was 'canceled for wrong-think', as many fans have criticized his removal from the role of Buzz Lightyear

Another user tweeted it was ‘sad’ that Allen was ‘canceled for wrong-think’, as many fans have criticized his removal from the role of Buzz Lightyear

Then earlier this month, Patricia Heaton blasted ‘stupid’ Disney bosses for replacing Tim with Chris.

Taking to Twitter on June 14, the actress, 64, defended her friend, 69, who voiced Buzz in the Pixar franchise’s four original movies between between 1995 and 2019.

She claimed they made a ‘huge mistake’ for re-casting her pal, going so far as to say they ‘completely castrated this iconic, beloved character’.

Over two tweets, the Everybody Loves Raymond star began: ‘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. 

Fuming: Then earlier this month, Patricia Heaton blasted 'stupid' Disney bosses for replacing Tim with Chris as she wrote: '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'

Fuming: Then earlier this month, Patricia Heaton blasted ‘stupid’ Disney bosses for replacing Tim with Chris as she wrote: ‘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’

'Why castrate the character?!' Patricia Heaton has blasted 'stupid' Disney bosses for replacing Tim Allen with Chris Evans in the new Toy Story spin-off film Lightyear

‘Why castrate the character?!’ Patricia Heaton has blasted ‘stupid’ Disney bosses for replacing Tim Allen with Chris Evans in the new Toy Story spin-off film Lightyear

Iconic: Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, the actress, 64, defended her friend, 69, (pictured in 2019) who voiced Buzz in the franchise's four original movies between between 1995 and 2019

Filling big shoes: But Captain America star Chris even admitted he was a little intimidated as he took on the role of voicing Buzz for Lightyear (pictured in June 2022)

Iconic: Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, the actress, 64, defended her friend, 69, (pictured in 2019) who voiced Buzz in the franchise’s four original movies between between 1995 and 2019

‘Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely castrate this iconic, beloved character?’

She followed up with: ‘Ok so the current Buzz Lightyear movie is an origin story – but the reason the character became so beloved is because of what @ofctimallen created.

‘Why remove the one element that makes us want to see it #stupidHollywooddecisions.’

For millions of movie fans, Tim will always be linked to Buzz Lightyear, the none-too-bright would-be astronaut that he voiced in 1995’s animated Pixar blockbuster.

But Captain America star Chris admitted he was a little intimidated as he took on the role of voicing Buzz for Lightyear.

When it came to delivering Buzz’s famous catchphrase, ‘To infinity and beyond,’ the Hollywood star said he simply copied Tim’s version. 

Wow! When it came to delivering Buzz's famous catchphrase, 'to infinity and beyond,' the Hollywood star said he simply copied Tim's version

Evans' character in the Toy Story spin-off is not quite the dimwit that Tim Allen played

Wow! When it came to delivering Buzz’s famous catchphrase, ‘to infinity and beyond,’ the Hollywood star said he simply copied Tim’s version (left, Toy Story, right, Lightyear)

According to The Daily Telegraph, he said: ‘I’m doing Tim and I don’t care.

‘It makes you feel so nervous to hear yourself out loud – it almost feels wrong. It’s like trying to say, ‘Bond, James Bond,’ and you’re like, ‘Nope, nope, nope – that’s for someone else.”

Chris’ character in the origins picture is not quite the character that Tim Allen played.

In Toy Story, Buzz was merely a toy who thought he was an astronaut.

Lightyear, explained Chris, is supposed to be the movie the toy is based on.

In the plot of the new film, Buzz is a Space Ranger, marooned on a hostile planet, who tries to find his way home. The character is a bit smarter that the toy Buzz.

‘[Tim Allen] is Buzz Lightyear to me too – I grew up on these movies,’ he said.

‘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. But at the same time you have to kind of make some kind of fresh track in the snow.’

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

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.’

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