Chris Evans Explains Why Buzz's Voice In Lightyear Is Different
Chris Evans discusses why Buzz's voice differs in Lightyear, noting that he, too, was wary about a version of the character without Tim Allen
Even before the film's debut, many fans of the original Toy Story films wondered why Tim Allen would not reprise his role as Buzz. Angus MacLane, the film's director, has discussed the voice re-casting, noting that Allen's rendition of the character didn't fit with his concept for the picture, which was envisioned as a deeper emotional journey for Buzz in a classic science-fiction movie setting. Along with Evans, Lightyear has an all-new voice cast for the franchise, including Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, and Uzo Aduba.
Evans reveals why Buzz's voice is altered in Lightyear and how the choice was first proposed to him in a new interview with MTV News. While Evans was originally suspicious of a version of the character that did not have Allen's voice, MacLane presented the concept of producing the film that made Andy and the other kids in Toy Story so excited about the Buzz Lightyear toy. See Evans' complete response below:
"The only thing [Pixar] said was 'Buzz Lightyear.' I thought, 'Okay, you know, Tim Allen's Buzz Lightyear. How does that work?' But I obviously took the meeting and Angus MacLane gave such a good pitch. He went up and they did a little PowerPoint thing. "When [Angus] saw the first Toy Story movie and Andy got Buzz Lightyear and all of his friends knew who Buzz was and all of his friends were so excited to get that toy, he wanted to know what was the movie that Andy and his friends saw that made them so obsessed with the toy. […] You know, that to me at least made sense as to why the voice may be different."
Although some fans are upset by the choice, Evans' explanation reinforces the reasons inside the Toy Story world as to why the real-life Buzz has a different voice than the toy counterpart. Evans clearly had qualms about what a version of the character sans Allen would look like, but MacLane's proposal underlined that, in a way, Evans' version of Buzz is basically a different and more human figure than the macho Space Ranger toy presented in Toy Story. At the very least, Evans' argument establishes that Lightyear's recasting does not introduce any continuity faults or story logic issues into the Toy Story world.
As Evans explains, MacLane's logic has real-world analogies, with video games being the finest illustration. While some video games based on movies utilize the same voice actors in both properties, movie characters in video games are sometimes portrayed by totally separate actors, as was the case with Buzz in the Toy Story world. While Evans' explanation is unlikely to allay all fan worries over the change of Buzz's voice in Lightyear, it's evident that a lot of thought went into the reasons behind removing a treasured part of the famous character even at the pitching stage.
Source: MTV News