Chris Evans has fulfilled a dream working with Pixar on Lightyear. The 41-year-old actor voices Buzz Lightyear in the iconic Toy Story character’s origin story and signed on to the film to collaborate with the company behind such animated classics as Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.
Chris told Variety, “Well, to be honest, what I was interested in was working with Pixar. The premise wasn’t inconsequential, obviously you want to make sure they’re going to make a good movie. But you trust Pixar, my trust, they have such good will. I’ve never seen Pixar fail, so I really didn’t care too much about the story itself. I was excited for Pixar to call.
Chris also discussed the comparisons between Buzz and his Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) alter ego, Captain America, and also considered the parallels between Buzz and the Pixar animators behind the film. Sure I mean there are a lot of similarities between the characters. Fundamentally, they’re very different men.
I was fascinated by how Buzz could almost be more connected to what Pixar animators deal with. It literally takes four years to make these movies, so these men and women disappear for four years and go into these projects. And they said, every time they make a movie, when they come out, the world has changed. And I thought the parallel was very, very interesting, and I was happy that Pixar’s animations were somehow able to inject their expertise into this movie.
Previous reports have claimed that Chris was set to return to the MCU as Captain America for at least one more project in a “vague way”, but poured cold water on the speculation. The vague way is from online rumors. That’s the vague way. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.