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Tim Allen Reprises HOME IMPROVEMENT Role on LAST MAN STANDING

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Tim Allen Reprises HOME IMPROVEMENT Role on LAST MAN STANDING

By Movieguide® Staff

Tim Allen will reprise his iconic Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor from HOME IMPROVEMENT in an upcoming episode of his comedy LAST MAN STANDING.

Like HOME IMPROVEMENT, LAST MAN STANDING follows a family patriarch as he doles out wisdom to his wife and children.

“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 told Entertainment Weekly. 

Allen said that much of his emotion came from his fond memories of HOME IMPROVEMENT co-star Earl Hindman, who died in 2003. Hindman played Allen’s neighbor, Wilson. The ABC comedy series ran from 1991 to 1999.

“I adored the man and we kind of brought that up in the story,” Allen described. “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 loss, is all I kept saying in that episode.”

Allen continued: “Taylor lost his TV show. ‘Tool Time’ is over. He had a neighbor that passed away. He’s now working on the corporate side of Bedford Tools. That’s what he does. Baxter’s helping Tim Taylor cope with change. . . They’re not nice to each other. They’re kind of antagonistic.”

Allen’s onscreen wife, Nancy Travis, said it was weird to witness Allen’s performance. 

“It was interesting and strange,” she confessed. “Honestly, it was Tim’s dilemma. I just stood by and mocked him, so it was, frankly, very easy for me.”

The final season of LAST MAN STANDING premieres Sunday, Jan. 3, on Fox.