Tim Allen Reveals He Got Emotional Reprising His ‘Home Improvement’ Role on ‘Last Man Standing’ (Exclusive)
Tim Allen‘s return to a past character was not what he expected. ET’s Lauren Zima spoke with Allen and his Last Man Standing co-star, Nancy Travis, ahead of the ninth and final season premiere of their Fox sitcom.
During the chat, Allen opened up about playing both his current role and a past role — Home Improvement‘s Tim Taylor — on an upcoming episode of Last Man Standing, an experience the 67-year-old actor called “weird, creepy… [and] unusual.”
“It was very peculiar to do both parts, I’ll tell you that. It was challenging for me to do both parts and kind of emotional,” Allen admitted, revealing that his emotions came, in large part, because of Earl Hindman’s 2003 death. Allen and Hindman co-starred on Home Improvement from 1991 to 1999, with the later actor playing Wilson, Allen’s onscreen neighbor.
“I adored the man and we kind of brought that up in the story,” Allen said. “I started thinking about all the history I had with that TV show, how I compare it to my life on this show. It’s all about