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For many, Tim Allen will always be Tim "the Tool Man" Taylor, the wise-cracking dad from the '90s hit sitcom 'Home Improvement.' The show was, and still is, adored by many -- you know you watch hours and hours of reruns when you're home sick, don't deny it.

But for every fan who thinks of Allen as Tim Taylor, there are as many who know him best as the beloved action figure Buzz Lightyear. Disney's double feature of 'Toy Story' & 'Toy Story 2' in 3D opens with a limited run today, and the highly anticipated 'Toy Story 3' is set for a 2010 release. Meanwhile, Allen's directorial debut, 'Crazy on the Outside' (due in January), will appeal to a more grown-up audience.

Buzz, er, Allen recently chatted with Moviefone on the burdens of working with Tom Hanks, John Travolta's terrible loss and what we can expect from 'Toy Story 3.' For many, Tim Allen will always be Tim "the Tool Man" Taylor, the wise-cracking dad from the '90s hit sitcom 'Home Improvement.' The show was, and still is, adored by many -- you know you watch hours and hours of reruns when you're home sick, don't deny it.

But for every fan who thinks of Allen as Tim Taylor, there are as many who know him best as the beloved action figure Buzz Lightyear. Disney's double feature of 'Toy Story' & 'Toy Story 2' in 3D opens with a limited run today, and the highly anticipated 'Toy Story 3' is set for a 2010 release. Meanwhile, Allen's directorial debut, 'Crazy on the Outside' (due in January), will appeal to a more grown-up audience.

Buzz, er, Allen recently chatted with Moviefone on the burdens of working with Tom Hanks, John Travolta's terrible loss and what we can expect from 'Toy Story 3.'


I saw the double feature of 'Toy Story' and 'Toy Story 2' in 3D -- they were great.

Yeah, I think it's a great move, but it's really just in prep [for 'Toy Story 3'], to get everybody used to seeing it so they don't judge too harshly.

What can we expect from 'Toy Story 3'?
They took forever to get the script right, and they did such a great, emotional, wonderful job. I can't tell you more because I respect where they're coming from. It's kind of a 'Sixth Sense.' The less you hear about it, the more you're going to be surprised. It's just like you expect it to be, but they really found a wonderful piece of business to make this thing run.



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How does it feel to be a part of something so beloved?
I love it. I love it. I love the fact that we've all become buddies here. And between Pixar, Disney and Apple -- I like all that relationship. I've, unfortunately, had to become friends with Tom Hanks [laughs].

Speaking of castmates, it seems voice casts on animated movies don't get to interact very much; how is your relationship with Tom Hanks?
Tom and I, somehow in all of this, I think the last time we did press, became interesting buddies; very different, but very similar in a way to Woody and Buzz. We're very different guys, but we really respect each other. I just ... I find him highly annoying. I have to put up with it both on and off camera now [laughs].

Michael Keaton is voicing a Ken doll in 'Toy Story 3.' I see a lot of egos clashing there, much like Woody and Buzz in the first movie. Can you tell me anything about that?
I can't tell you where it fits in, but it's genuinely one of the funniest things I've seen -- what Keaton does with Ken. It's absolutely hysterical, absolutely hysterical. What I respond to is how they somehow fit emotion in this that will just really affect people. It's just wonderful.

What are some similarities between you and Buzz?
I think Buzz is a genuine article and, at times, I can be a genuine article. I think Buzz, at times, really cares about his friends to the expense of himself, and I think I can relate to that. Otherwise, he's a plastic action figure; I'm not a plastic action figure.

You recently welcomed a second daughter. How's that been?
Second time around you get a little more mature and things aren't so busy in my life, so I've been around. First girl, Katherine, I was touring and I was really working hard for those first three years. Now, I've been almost, it'll be a year, I'll be able to be home almost this entire year before I start 'Wild Hogs 2' and start promoting 'Crazy on the Outside,' which comes out in January, so I'll tour for that in December. But I've been there. I've been able to go down and take a look at her every morning and do stuff -- Jane and I and my daughter. My oldest daughter is at USC, so she's not around too much. But I have a young one and an old one, what a nice spectrum.

Speaking of 'Wild Hogs 2,' you mentioned on your blog that filming had stopped because of the unfortunate passing of John Travolta's son; have you been able to keep in contact with John since then?
We keep in contact, and it's every parent's nightmare and every friend's dilemma to know where you step in and where you do this and how much you leave him alone and, really, how to support a friend. It's been terrible on them and terrible and sad for anybody near him. If you have children, you can't imagine ... I don't want to imagine. All you do is give him space and anything else that you can do to remind him that you're there.

When will filming commence for 'Wild Hogs 2'?
It won't start until mid-May next year.

You let slip that the guys are taking their hogs to Europe, is there anything else you can tell us?
We're going to do a bachelor look at what I believe is going to be about one of us getting married.

What can you tell us about your directorial debut?
That's 'Crazy on the Outside' with Sigourney Weaver and Ray Liotta and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Great cast ... It was the best experience. And it'll be an even better experience, as I'm a performer and entertainer, I want all of you guys to see it. I want everyone to see it and laugh at it. We've had great test screenings and everything is what I wanted it to be. It's a ... you'll laugh from top to bottom. It's great humor. It's a little bit raised above teenage angst, because it isn't about teenagers, it's about adults in adult situations. It's something I've been wanting to do for about five or six years, and I finally got the cast together at the same time ... talked them into trusting me. I know I can direct, but, really, I did it so I can edit the comedy. I've really always wanted to see how I can translate my stand-up timing into a movie and, you know, I'll see. I will do a very fun press tour, very different than I normally do for movies. I've been working up an act again, resurrecting it from 15 years ago, and I'll be opening for my movie in big cities as a teaser.



What was it about that specific project that spoke to you?
It's the funniest script I've read, personally. Then we did a table read with hired actors, it was the funniest, the funniest. We couldn't even get through it. It's funny, very, very well written and a morality piece, and a love piece, there's a romantic comedy in there -- basically just funny, funny s*** to look forward to.

Did the cast work well together?
It was a great cast, everybody liked it and they gave me the respect ... I earned it, I was a director and did my job. We got it done on budget, on time. Shot it here in L.A. with union crews, which I wanted to do. It was just a tremendous experience.

What's the premise of the film?
It's a second chance, a guy getting out of prison, which would be my character, a white collar criminal, and he's about ready to do it again, and his sister, played by Sigourney, sets up his life in a series of huge lies to manipulate him into going straight. Sigourney plays a freakin' lunatic, funny, funny sister who will do anything to save her brother.

You have a big family, so is there someone in there who fits that role?
[Laughs] I don't want to say who it is.

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