Just when we thought Marvel vet Chris Evans is over with superhero roles, he is set to take another as the fan-beloved space ranger in Disney's Lightyear. Aside from the backlash due to an inclusion of a gay reference scene, Evans' casting was also controversial as fans can't seem to let go of Tim Allen, the former voice actor of Buzz Lightyear throughout four films in the Toy Story franchise. Luckily, in spite of the controversy, another former voice actor of the Buzz Lightyear vouches and believes that Evans is perfect for the role.
In an interview with Screenrant, Patrick Warburton — who voiced Buzz Lightyear in the 2000s TV Show Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, sat down to promote the Days Inn ad campaign. During the interview, Warburton took his time to praise Chris Evans for the latest Lightyear role, saying that the actor is 'the perfect guy' for the part.
"Oh, fantastic. I like Chris, I worked with him a little bit on a film," he said. "I think he's just the perfect guy from what I've seen so far. I haven't seen the film, but I've seen clips, so personally, I like what he's doing. I think it's great. I think if Chris was going to talk to anybody, he would have talked to Tim. [Laughs] But I don't know, oftentimes, we don't do that. When I did Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, that was very different than the way Tim did it, but that's how those things play out I guess."
After the backlash that the Toy Story spinoff encountered after recasting Tim Allen and handing over the role to Chris Evans, this comment from Warburton must ease the fans who can't get over Disney's massive casting shift.
Lightyear director Angus MacLane also seemingly addressed this issue on his Twitter account, saying that Tim Allen, Patrick Warburton, and Chris Evans would always be Buzz Lightyear in their own films. See MacLane's post below:
Nevertheless, Lightyear serves to explore Buzz's origin story and clearly isn't linked with any previous interpretation of the beloved character. Tim Allen and Patrick Warburton both respectively remain as the Buzz Lightyear in their own franchises, but it's Evans' time to shine as the new space ranger.
Lightyear is now showing in theaters worldwide.