Don Rickles ‘Had Not Recorded His Part for ‘Toy Story 4”
Don Rickles had reportedly not recorded any of the dialogue for his role in Toy Story 4 before his death.
The actor passed away from kidney failure at his Los Angeles home on Thursday at the age of 90, his longtime representative, Paul Shefrin, confirmed to People.com.
Veteran comedian Rickles was more recently well-known to a whole new generation thanks to voicing Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies, which spawned two huge sequels since the original debuted in 1995.
Rickles was set to voice the acerbic potato in the upcoming fourth installment of the Pixar series, which will be released in 2019.
However, his rep confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that the late comedian had not yet recorded any new material before his death, as Pixar had been doing rewrites on the script.
John Lasseter, who directed the first Toy Story in 1995, remembered Rickles in a statement, and said: “The wit, personality, and incredible timing he brought to Mr. Potato Head lit up the character and made him an essential part of the Toy Story ensemble. Even though Mr. Potato Head’s facial features fell off in every Toy Story movie, his heart never left him – that was because of Don.”
The plot for the fourth installment is still unknown, but execs at Pixar could use previously recorded material from the previous films so Rickles could still feature in Toy Story 4.
Rickles‘ Toy Story co-stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, who provide the voices of cowboy Woody and spaceman Buzz Lightyear, paid tribute to their former colleague on social media after news broke of his passing.
“A God died today. Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you,” wrote Hanks, while Allen posted, “Don Rickles is one of the biggest reasons I am a comic today. I feel bad, mostly for everyone in Heaven who will now learn first hand from the sharpest wits ever, what it’s like to be Rickled.”
Toy Story 4 is due to be released in June 2019.