‘I DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT’: Tom Hanks Speaks Out on Disney Replacing Tim Allen in Lightyear

During a recent interview with CinemaBlend, actor Tom Hanks commented on the controversy surrounding the casting of Chris Evans to voice Buzz Lightyear over his old Toy Story buddy Tim Allen; he says he doesn’t understand the decision.

From The Daily Wire…

Hanks said he was looking forward to going “head-to-head” with his former co-star from the “Toy Story” franchise, Allen. In the animated films, Hanks was the voice of the cowboy toy Woody, and his best friend is Buzz Lightyear, a role voiced by the “Home Improvement” star.

“How ’bout that?” Hanks explained. “Why it’s not…actually I wanted to go head-to-head with Tim Allen, and then they didn’t let Tim Allen do it. I don’t understand that.”

When pressed by the interviewer about Allen being replaced by the “Avengers: Endgame” star, Hanks said, “Yeah, yeah, I know.”

“But here’s the thing, just as long as people come back to the motion picture theater,” Hanks said. “I want to go back in the theater with a bunch of strangers and leave with something in common.”

“That’s what I want to do,” he added. “And going to see a movie with him, I’m looking forward to that.”

Lightyear underperformed at the box office. According to Yahoo, “Lightyear struggled to stir enthusiasm with its $51 million debut. After three weeks on the big screen, the latest Pixar movie has grossed just $106 million at the domestic box office, less than Minions 2 generated in three days.”