Chris Evans couldn't be more proud of the inclusion in "Lightyear."
When the 41-year-old actor was brought on to voice Buzz Lightyear for the latest “Toy Story” offshoot, “Lightyear,” some fans expressed disappointment that Tim Allen wasn’t doing the voice again as he had in the original films.
So far, Evans has been understanding of these gripes. However, ones he can’t get with are complaints, and now downright bans, of “Lightyear” over one simple same-sex kiss in the movie.
During a recent interview with Variety, the actor spoke on the topic.
In the quick scene, Buzz's best friend Alisha (voiced by Uzo Aduba) and her wife kiss.
While the scene was initially cut from the film, Disney later reinstated it and said it would not cut the kissing scene again for any foreign market.
Evans finds the whole brouhaha dated and strange, and was happy with Disney’s decision to add the scene back in.
“I mean, it’s great. As great as it is — and you know, I’ve been asked the question a few times — it’s nice, and it’s wonderful, it makes me happy,” he said. "It’s tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion. That it is this kind of ‘news.’ The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm, and that this doesn’t have to be some uncharted waters, that eventually this is just the way it is.”
He continued that the open-minded outlook has been a fairly consistent artistic goal of filmmaking world.
“That representation across the board is how we make films,” he added. “Look, it’s an honor to be a part of something that is taking those steps, but the goal is to look back on this time and just be shocked that it took us this long to get there.”
The story is still unfolding, as Variety noted: “Since this interview was conducted, 'Lightyear' has been banned in Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., and Kuwait, among other West Asian territories, due to the inclusion of the same-sex kiss.”
Disney has taken the stance of not removing the scene for certain markets, but certain areas are responding with bans.
On a lighter “Lightyear” note, for those Tim Allen fans that might never get over Evans as Buzz, he feels you. Taking on the character was no easy task, especially on the heels of ending his run as Captain America in the "Avengers" franchise.
As he told Variety when he was walking the red carpet at the premiere last week, “The first time you have to do that iconic line, ‘To Infinity and Beyond…,’ you kind of just do a shameless Tim Allen impression," Evans admitted. "It’s intimidating. Eventually you feel comfortable enough to make your own tracks in the snow and find your own interpretation, while still using Tim Allen as the blueprint.”
While "Lightyear" opens on Friday, you can pre-order tickets here now.
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