11 Big-Name Actors Who Were Once Considered for
July 3, 2018
is coming out in less than a year — June 20, 2019 can’t come soon enough! — and Toy Story 4 Tim Allen & Tom Hanks are tapped to reprise their roles, Buzz Lightyear and Woody, respectively. How awesome is that?! We may know nothing about the storyline, but it’s a Pixar movie; it has to be great, right? Like, look at how unbelievable Toy Story 3 turned out to be.
Anyway, since we still have over 350 days until the next addition to the franchise is released, we thought we’d fill the time with other
Toy Story-related content — like all of the big-name actors who were once considered for parts in the production:
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You may know
Billy Crystal for voicing one of Pixar's greatest characters, Monsters, Inc.'s Mike Wazowski. But did you know he had the opportunity to voice another Pixar great years prior?
It's a known fact that the nine-time Oscar host was offered the part of Buzz Lightyear in
Toy Story, but turned it down. "It's the only regret I have in the business of something I passed on," he told . "It was at [former Disney executive] ABC News Jeffrey Katzenberg's house, and he showed me a pencil test of Buzz singing 'You've Never Had a Friend Like Me.' He said, 'Look at this different form of animation.' But also, it was a big business dispute."
"It's hilarious, but I don't think I was right for that," he added. "Tim [Allen, who became Buzz's voice] is a beautiful guy with a resonant voice. Mike is a better fit for me."
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IMDb), Tim Allen was buzzed about the idea of portraying Buzz Lightyear because he heard that Chevy Chase, whom he considered to be the biggest influence of his career, had been offered the part before him.
Coincidentally, Chevy was reportedly offered the starring role in
The Santa Clause, but he had to turn it down due to a scheduling conflict. So, the Home Improvement comedian stepped in and made it one of his defining roles.
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Tim Allen has also said in many interviews that Pixar originally wanted
The Mask's Jim Carrey to voice Buzz Lightyear. It didn't work out — but at least we got to hear Jim portray Ebenezer Scrooge in Disney's A Christmas Carol.
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Clearly, every well-known comedian in the '90s was considered for the part of Buzz Lightyear, 'cause it's reported that
Bill Murray was up for the role, too.
Interestingly, he was also considered for the role of
James P. Sullivan in Monsters, Inc. The role eventually went to John Goodman.
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One of these things is not like the other...
Mel Gibson seems to be the only non-comedian who was considered for the part of Buzz. Instead, though, he voiced John Smith in Disney's Pocahontas, which was released the same year as Toy Story.
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John Lasseter always wanted Tom Hanks to play the character of Woody, Tim Allen claims that Pixar wanted legendary actor Paul Newman to play the toy cowboy, but couldn't snag him because of the low budget the company was given for the film.
Oh well, at least we got to hear Paul voice Doc Hudson in
Cars; it was actually his last role before his death in 2008.
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Estelle Harris did a great job voicing Mrs. Potato Head, we can't help but wonder what it would've been like if Betty White snagged the part instead. After all, she was rumored to be in the running.
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The star of
The Facts of Life, Cloris Leachman, would've also done a great job voicing Mrs. Potato Head. Just think about her and Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head) playing off of each other!
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Speaking of Don Rickles, did you know that he appeared on
The Carol Burnett Show three times between 1968 and 1977? So, it would've been an awesome reunion had Carol Burnett scored the part of Mrs. Potato Head.
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Everybody Loves Raymond actress Doris Roberts was also in the running for Mrs. Potato Head, but we all know how that turned out.
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Like all the other ladies mentioned on this list,
Marcia Wallace didn't snag the part of Mrs. Potato Head. However, she did play another well-known animated character: Mrs. K on The Simpsons.