Tim Allen, who voices Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story movies and is known for numerous other comedic/family-friendly projects, doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to getting along with his fellow actors, and has been accused of being very difficult to work with in the past.
Though some have suggested that these incidents have been blown out of proportion, the more negative assessment of Allen’s temperament was backed-up by one of his co-stars on Disney+’s The Santa Clauses.
Casey Wilson, who is known for her roles on Saturday Night Live and Happy Endings, made a guest appearance in the show’s pilot episode back in November of last year, and the actress described her time on the series as “the truly single worst experience I’ve ever had with a co-star ever.”
“Tim Allen was such a bitch. It was the truly single worst experience I’ve ever had with a co-star ever,” she said during a recent episode of her Bitch Sesh podcast, adding that she had “buried this” story until now because a producer on the show is “a great friend” of hers and because her kids “loved the movies.”
In one scene, Wilson’s character begins to throw things at Santa Claus as he makes his way down her chimney because she thinks he’s there to rob the place.
“So I’m in a scene. It’s just me and Tim Allen and I’m supposed to throw things at him,” she recalled. “I think he’s a burglar. So he’s coming down the chimney, obviously as Santa, and I am woken up thinking there’s an intruder, basically like a home invasion scene. So I’m throwing things at him. [He] goes over to the producer who is standing four feet from me and goes, and I hear him, he goes, ‘You gotta tell her to stop stepping on my lines.’ The producer turns to me with horror on his face and has to walk one foot to me and he goes, ‘Um, Tim would ask that you stop stepping on his lines.’”
Wilson went on to note that “everybody was walking on eggshells” around Allen on set, and that “people just looked frantic.” She added, “When he was done, he was so [frick]ing rude. Never made eye contact, never said anything. It was so uncomfortable.”
There’s been no response from Allen or his representatives.
The Santa Clauses recently finished up its second season on the streaming service. There’s been no word on the show being picked up for a third.