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Did Disney Ditch Tim Allen For Supporting Donald Trump?

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Tim Allen, the man who brought Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear to life, will not be returning for the highly anticipated spin-off

Tim Allen, the man who brought Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear to life, will not be returning for the highly anticipated spin-off. Rather, Disney hired Marvel actor Chris Evans to do the job. While fans weren’t particularly upset about the change, they had concerns since he’s voiced the character in every Toy Story movie. So what exactly did Disney push over the edge and kick out Tim Allen? It’s now widely believed to be because he endorses former POTUS Donald Trump.

It is now rumored that Tim Allen has dropped out of this Signature project due to his support of Donald Trump and that he was present at the President’s inauguration. The latter is said to be the main cause of this excitement. It could also be that the actor, who is a perfect example of how to go from rags to riches, made many controversial statements that the mammoth production house didn’t want to take and decided to leave him for Lightyear. In 2021, the 69-year-old actor said in support of Trump, “When I realized the last President pissed people off, I kind of liked that. It was fun just not saying anything. I did not participate in the lynching of the crow,” during an appearance on Monday’s episode of “WTF With Marc Maron.”

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Allen has always been vocal about his political views, and he was the same when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show after the infamous 2017 inauguration. He said: “You will be beaten if you don’t believe what everyone believes. It’s like in Germany in the 1930s. I do not know what happened. If you’re not part of the group, ‘you know what we think is right’, I say, ‘Well, I might have a problem with that.’ I’m a comedian, I like walking both sides.” The actor, who voiced the beloved cartoon character from 1995 to 2019, told Entertainment Weekly, “I met [Trump] at [a] Charity event years ago and that sure doesn’t suit the man tweeting. I’ve met many people privately whose public roles are a bit different. My perception is ‘let’s see what he does.’” He continued, “Do I like him or do I agree with him? … I do not know.”

Amidst all the drama and Disney getting into a dramatic battle with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Don’t Say Gay law, the ‘Captain America’ actor seems to be relaxing and enjoying the fact that that he got this role, which is another highlight of his great career. Speaking on Thursday, June 16, on ‘Good Morning America’, the actor said: “My younger version would have just pinched himself.” Complimenting Tim Allen, the actor said, “Look, Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear,” he said. “What he’s done in these films is so iconic and so popular and I would be a fool not to bring some of his choices to this role. So the character in this movie is the human version that the toy is based on. It makes sense to have a bit of overlap, luckily for me. What Tim Allen did was pretty untouchable.

Lightyear director Angus MacLane explained in an interview with Vanity Fair, “Tim’s version of Buzz is a little bit sillier and a little bit dumber, so he’s the comic relief. In this movie, Buzz is the action hero. He’s serious and ambitious and funny, but not in a goofy way that would undermine the drama. Chris Evans has the seriousness and movie star quality that our character needed to differentiate him and the film from Tim’s version of the toy in Toy Story.”

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