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Chris Evans was “very” humble when he played Buzz Lightyear in the Disney movie “Lightyear,” which hits theaters Friday.
The ‘Captain America’ star was a guest on ‘Good Morning America’ on Thursday and discussed the voice of the character from the ‘Toy Story’ franchise, which was originally voiced by Tim Allen.
“My younger version would have just pinched,” he said. Evans shared that he’s been a big fan of Disney and Pixar animation since he was a kid.
The actor admitted he “definitely studied” Allen on all four “Toy Story” films before taking on the role.
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“Listen, Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear,” he said. “What he did in those movies is so iconic and so beloved, and I’d be silly not to incorporate some of his choices into that role.”
Allen, 69, has voiced the character of the astronaut doll since 1995 and reprized the role for “Toy Story 2”, “Toy Story 3” and “Toy Story 4” in addition to a host of other projects.
He continued, “The character in this movie is the human version the toy is based on, so it makes sense to have a bit of overlap, luckily for me. What Tim Allen did was pretty untouchable.”
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The Marvel Universe star is no stranger to playing beloved roles as he played Captain America for almost nine years. He admitted that “it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming” to play such beloved roles.
“I think it’s important to remember that the fanbase of these two characters has an idea of who the character should be, and you have to recognize that,” Evans said. “It has to come into the role.”
“You can’t work on these characters in a vacuum, because that fanbase is what these movies are made for,” he continued. “So you have to honor that.”
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Not everyone is thrilled that Evans is stepping in as the next-gen Buzz Lightyear. Patricia Heaton has spoken out against Disney and defended her longtime friend Tim Allen after seeing the new trailer.
“I saw the Buzz Lightyear trailer and all I can say is that Disney/Pixar made a BIG mistake by not casting my buddy @ofctimallen,” Heaton wrote on Twitter. “Tim Allen in the role he created, the role he owns. Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely castrate this iconic and beloved character?”
She then attempted to clarify in another tweet that Allen is “the reason” so many people fell in love with animated tales in the first place.
“Okay so the current Buzz Lightyear movie is an origin story – but the reason the character has become so beloved is because of what @ofctimeallen created,” she tweeted.
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“Why remove the only element that makes us want to see it? Heaton added the hashtag: #stupidHollywooddecisions.”
Director Angus MacLane explained the character’s differences with Vanity Fair earlier this month and noted that Allen’s version of Buzz from the ’90s was “a little goofier” than the new adaptation.
“In this film, Buzz is the action hero. He’s earnest, ambitious and funny, but not in a goofy way that would undermine the drama.”
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He added: “Chris Evans has the earnestness and that movie star quality that our character needed to separate him and the movie from the toy version of Tim in ‘Toy Story’.”
“Lightyear” also stars Keke Palmer, James Brolin, Taika Waititi and Peter Sohn. The animated film hits theaters on Friday.
Fox News’ Tracy Wright contributed to this report.
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