Tim Allen Reveals He Got Emotional Reprising His ‘Home Improvement’ Position on ‘Last Guy Standing’ (Special)

Tim Allen‘s return to a past character was not what he predicted. ET’s Lauren Zima spoke with Allen and his Final Guy Standing co-star, Nancy Travis, forward of the ninth and final season premiere of their Fox sitcom.

In the course of the chat, Allen opened up about actively playing both his current role and a past purpose — Property Enhancement‘s Tim Taylor — on an forthcoming episode of Past Gentleman Standing, an encounter the 67-yr-outdated actor named “weird, creepy… [and] unconventional.” 

“It was pretty peculiar to do both elements, I’ll tell you that. It was hard for me to do each parts and type of psychological,” Allen admitted, revealing that his emotions came, in significant section, for the reason that of Earl Hindman’s 2003 death. Allen and Hindman co-starred on Household Improvement from 1991 to 1999, with the afterwards actor enjoying Wilson, Allen’s onscreen neighbor.

“I adored the person and we form of introduced that up in the tale,” Allen mentioned. “I started pondering about all the history I had with that Tv present, how I look at it to my life on this exhibit. It’s all about decline, is all I retained stating in that episode.”

Apart from the emotion surrounding the death of his co-star, Allen found the practical experience of participating in both of those Tim Taylor and Mike Baxter “quite hard” for other explanations as nicely.

“That was the initial episode back,” he mentioned, alluding to the show’s manufacturing pause owing to COVID-19.  “So receiving utilised to no crowd, and then acquiring people today immediate me in a character I developed 20 years ago and then was form of finished with, it [was hard].”

Allen may have located the working experience complicated, but Travis saw it as just a different day on established.

“It was intriguing and bizarre,” she reported of viewing Allen enjoy two roles. “Truthfully, it was Tim’s predicament. I just stood by and mocked him, so it was, frankly, incredibly uncomplicated for me.”

Allen wouldn’t spill secrets and techniques about the plot surrounding Tim Taylor’s appearance, but he did tease that his Household Improvement and Past Guy Standing characters will not particularly see eye to eye.

“Taylor shed his Tv set demonstrate. Resource Time is about. He had a neighbor that passed away. He’s now doing the job on the corporate aspect of Bedford Tools. That’s what he does,” Allen discussed. “Baxter’s supporting Tim Taylor cope with modify… They are not good to each individual other. They are type of antagonistic.”

Even though emotional and challenging, Allen praised the episode as currently being “a good idea” that introduced Tim Taylor “into this century, into this 12 months.”

“It’s actually intelligent what they did with it,” he explained of the show’s writers.

Supporters of the demonstrate took to Twitter and shared their pleasure for the special episode.

Though Allen was tight-lipped about the particulars of his twin part, he did give fans a trace of what to be expecting when Previous Guy Standing returns for its ninth and closing time.

“By the time this airs… it will have been virtually as the vaccine will take hold. We are sort of not by way of it, but the light-weight is dazzling at the close of the tunnel,” he said of the pandemic’s role in the period. “We reference it. We keep in mind the pandemic. It truly is used, but it’s as though our masks had just appear off.”

The ninth and remaining time of Last Male Standing airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. 

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