Patricia Heaton says Disney 'castrated' Buzz Lightyear by replacing Tim Allen

Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton has slammed parent company Disney and Pixar for recasting the role of Buzz Lightyear with Marvel star Chris Evans over original actor Tim Allen in new movie Lightyear, claiming it ‘castrates’ the character.

Heaton starred as Allen’s wife on popular 1990s sitcom Home Improvement, which launched comedian Allen’s acting career, leading to his casting as the voice for space ranger Buzz in 1995’s Toy Story and the subsequent three films in the franchise.

Taking to Twitter, Heaton shared her annoyance, writing: ‘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 added: ‘Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely castrate this iconic, beloved character?’

Chris Evans voices Buzz in the new spin-off film Lightyear, which technically focuses on a different version of Buzz than that which Allen voiced.

Evans stars as the ‘real’ intergalactic hero that inspired Allen’s toy action figure, so beloved by Andy in Toy Story.


As director Angus MacLane put it to Entertainment Weekly, to distinguish between the two: ‘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.’

So, they are not the same character.

Although Heaton was subsequently corrected by fans online, she didn’t change her mind and still branded it a ‘stupid Hollywood decision’.

‘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 wrote, adding her opinion in a hashtag.

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