Tom Hanks “doesn’t understand” why Lightyear doesn’t have Tim Allen

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks
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Count Tom Hanks among the Buzz Lightyear observers for whom Chris Evans just falls short. In a new interview, Hanks expresses his confusion over Tim Allen not returning to voice the muscular astronaut in light year that it was created in 1995 Toy Story

“I don’t understand that,” says Hanks CinemaBlend

The topic came up when the interviewer asked Hanks if it was “strange” to watch Elvis taking on a Buzz Lightyear movie in the 2022 summer blockbuster championships. Strange isn’t exactly the right word, Hanks says; in fact, the actor says he was actually excited about the prospect of a friendly Elvis v. light year competition — that is, when he thought Allen was still involved.

“I actually wanted to go up against Tim Allen and then they didn’t let Tim Allen do it,” explains Hanks.

Although Allen has largely remained a mother during the casting of Evans, he did share a quick joke with Additional on the new light year movie.

“I stayed out of this because it has nothing to do” [with my character]he then explained. “There really isn’t any” Toy Story Buzz without Woody… It just doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the toy.”

Although Hanks shares Allen’s confusion about where exactly the Allen-less light year fits in the Toy Story galaxy, he’s not going to protest Hollywood about it eitherHanks says the most important thing the movie, and any movie now in theaters, can do is get movie buffs to “go back to the movie theater.”

“I want to go back to the theater with a bunch of strangers and leave with something in common. That’s what I want to do. And going to the movies with them is something I look forward to,” says Hanks.

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