Patricia Heaton is going to infinity and beyond for fellow actor Tim Allen.
Speaking publicly about the matter on social media, Heaton indicated she was not happy to know Allen would not be reprising his role as Buzz Lightyear in this new film.
“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,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely castrate this iconic, beloved character?”
The iconic space ranger will be voiced back in Pixar’s follow-up of the movie and will be voiced by Chris Evans. The new installment follows a more different character than Allen portrayed in Toy Story films.
Evans plays the Lightyear, an action-packed hero from whom Allen’s character – the toy version, is inspired.
“In the Toy Story universe, [Lightyear] would be like a movie that maybe Andy would have seen, that would have made him want a Buzz Lightyear figure,” said filmmaker Angus MacLane in a previous interview with EW.
Regarding the differences between Evans’ and Allen’s roles, MacLane said in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, “Tim’s version of Buzz is a little goofier and is a little dumber, and so he is the comic relief. In this film, Buzz is the action hero. He’s serious and ambitious and funny, but not in a goofy way that would undercut the drama.
“Chris Evans has the gravitas and that movie-star quality that our character needed to separate him and the movie from Tim’s version of the toy in Toy Story,” he added.
Then, fans laid out the distinction to Heaton on Twitter.
She replied, “Ok so the current Buzz Lightyear movie is an origin story – but the reason the character became so beloved is because of what Tim Allen created.”
“Why remove the one element that makes us want to see it,” she added, with the hashtag, “#stupidhollywooddecisions.”
The voices of Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, James Brolin, Peter Sohn, and Uzo Aduba will be featured in this coming film. Lightyear will premiere in theaters this Friday.