Did Buzz Lightyear need an origin story? Probably not, but that hasn’t stopped Disney and Pixar from teaming up to create Light year-Yet another animated movie that kids will watch again and again. The OG fans of the toy story movies might be skeptical about getting into Light year, however, especially since Tim Allen won’t be voicing the ranger this time around. And no one feels that pressure more than the film’s star, Chris Evans.

Evans is no stranger to such larger-than-life superhero roles like his work in Captain Americaand although he has done voice acting in the past on shows like Robot Chicken, Disney’s animated film was a much bigger challenge for him. When speaking to the actor about his latest role during a virtual press conference, Evans told Complex he felt “overwhelmed, humbled and intimidated” ahead of the film’s release.

“It’s scary territory to step into specifically because I’ve never really had the responsibility of such a character. In fact, I’ve done one voice before, maybe two, but they were small roles, so it’s obviously a bit heavier,” Evans told Complex. “He’s a character who’s already been played by someone very, very well, so you have big shoes to fill, but at the end of the day, you just trust Pixar and believe they know what they’re doing.”

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Evans was given the heavy responsibility of giving Buzz a story while showing his humanity and the feelings and emotions we didn’t get to see from the toy in the other films. The actor previously said in an interview with Variety that when he first started working on the project, he attempted a “shameless” impression of how Allen delivered his iconic lines in the movies. Along the way, and thanks to the film’s new, more introspective story, the actor found a way to make the voice his own and breathed new life into the character. In the four toy story movies, Allen voices a Buzz Lightyear toy based on the real-life character Evans portrays.

Light year centers on a young astronaut stranded on a hostile planet Tikana Prime with his commander and crew. Buzz volunteers to test some hyperspace fuel they would need for their ship to find a way home. The fuel is so powerful that it sends him back in time and he soon realizes that four years pass with each attempt, causing him to miss life in his colony. As his friends and crew, including his commanding officer and best friend Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba), age and move on with their lives, Buzz stays the same age and finds himself alone on his mission to save them.

“It starts with writing, doesn’t it? The Pixar script is so wonderful that you have really personal intimate moments,” Evans told Complex. “I mean, it’s one thing when you do iconic lines like ‘To Infinity and Beyond’ or ‘You’re kidding me, aren’t you? You can’t help but embody what Tim did. But there are some wonderful scenes in this movie where it’s more internal and thoughtful and thoughtful and as an actor you do the things you do, and you have your own internal thoughts and after couple takes, before that you wouldn’t know it, you’re somehow bringing something personal to life. You almost can’t help it.

People who grew up watching toy story the movies that started in 1995 are the ones that most likely have a deep connection to the character and his voice. Some people were unhappy with Disney’s decision not to cast Allen for the role. Everybody loves Raymond actress Patricia Heaton caught on Twitter recently to express his disappointment with the casting choice, saying that Allen should have continued to voice the role. “I saw the Buzz Lightyear trailer and all I can say is that Disney/Pixar made a BIG mistake not casting my homie Tim Allen in the role he created , the role he owns,” Heaton tweeted. “Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely neuter this iconic and beloved character?” But after watching the movie, it makes sense that a different persona would be used to voice the real person behind the toy we know and love.

Interview with Chris Evans of Lightyear
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Evans understands that while it was a huge responsibility for him to voice the real-life version of the person who inspired Andy’s toy, it was more up to the studio to tell a story and build a character that would satisfy fans. fans of the franchise. “Fortunately, these challenges are a bit above my salary,” the actor said. “That’s the tricky thing about these types of movies. You only have one coloring pencil, you only use your voice.

Voice acting is all about providing enough emotion to make the character impactful, but we’ve seen recently how powerful characters and animated movies can be when done right. In Evans’ case, he put all his faith and trust in the studio to get it right. “Every time I came for a session there were massive script changes. That’s the beauty of Pixar cinema, it’s like this potter’s wheel. They take four years and you do a whole session, you do the whole script, and then you come back and they say, ‘Okay, we all got together and had meetings and we’re going to fix all these little buttons,'” he says “So you’re just kinda up for the ride, but you’ve definitely got hope in your mind that you’ve ticked those boxes, but then again, you can’t affect much when all that you do is sitting in a cubicle reading lines.”

Lightyear Chris Evans interviews
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During his adventure, Buzz meets ambitious recruits Izzy Hawthorne (Keke Palmer), Mo Morrison (Taika Waititi) and Darby (Dale Soules) who help him complete his mission. The relationship that develops between them is one of the most moving parts of the story and shows that even the best person for any job sometimes needs support to get by. When making animated films, the actors rarely interact with each other and this film did. Palmer and Evans’ characters form a meaningful bond with each other throughout the film. Thanks to Disney magic, it looks like they have great chemistry with each other, but the actor says they never met until the night of the film’s premiere.

“Unfortunately, while doing these voice acting roles, I only encountered them the other night at the premiere. You don’t read with anyone. When you’re in the booth, you’re alone, so it’s a challenge,” says “Sometimes some of the best things in filmmaking come from those in-person interactions and spontaneity and listening. So with these movies, you’re really in the void, you do different deliveries, and then it’s is up to Pixar to put the puzzle together.

It’s supposed to be the movie that inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy line that Andy has in the toy story movies. But the film is more upsetting than uplifting and somehow makes you feel sorry for how Buzz spent his life. Sure, he was heroic and determined to help his people get home, but he lost a lot along the way. In the end, Buzz’s story shows us what a solitary space can be.

Light year is now in theaters.