Tim Allen gives honest take about possible retirement plans

Tim Allen gives honest take about possible retirement plans

Tim Allen doesn’t need to dwell about retirement — because it’s not on his radar.

The “Santa Clauses” actor referenced late sports commentator and NFL coach John Madden and his good friend Jay Leno for his take on taking a full-time break from acting.

“I think it was, Madden said it. A football guy said, ‘I’ve never worked a day in my life,’” Allen told The Post.

“And for those of us in the moment, my good friend Jay Leno and I both talk about standup. I still do concerts. And he said, ‘I don’t know. I don’t know what retirement would be. I don’t I don’t know. What do you do? You just sit and wonder why you’re not doing something.’”

The actor, 70, began his career on a dare at a Detroit comedy club in 1973, and would go on to create some of the most iconic characters in Hollywood, including Tim Taylor in the beloved sitcom “Home Improvement” and voicing Buzz Lightyear in the “Toy Story” franchise.

Tim Allen, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Zachery Ty Bryan and Taran Noah Smith on “Home Improvement.”
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Tim Allen and Richard Karn.
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Tim Allen and Earl Hindman on the beloved family sitcom.
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In 2004, he received the 2,270th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

“[This is] such a validation,” he said at the ceremony. “It means so much to me and from the bottom of my heart I thank my friends and family and all the fans for being here today.”

His other notable credits are “Jungle 2 Jungle,” “Last Man Standing,” “Christmas with the Kranks” and playing Santa Claus/Scott Calvin in “The Santa Clause” movies. He reprised the role in Disney+’s “The Santa Clauses,” which is currently airing Season 2.

“Home Improvement” ran for eight seasons.
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“For those of us blessed to do what we love to do, I can’t imagine retirement. And that’s kind of translating into this ‘Santa Claus,’” Allen told The Post.

“Why did he have to retire anyway? And we’ll get into that. And I think the stopgap here is that he retires and puts that on to his family. They can all stay at the North Pole so he can still stay at the company. And he just has an office somewhere else at the North Pole,” he explained of the show’s storyline. “Literally with the makeup on, I’m younger as Santa than I actually am. I go, ‘Good God, what old man showed up in the makeup chair?’ So I don’t know about the retirement.”

Allen stars on the family show alongside Elizabeth Mitchell, Austin Kane, newcomer Eric Stonestreet and his real life daughter, Elizabeth Allen-Dick.

Tim Allen strikes a pose with Buzz Lightyear in 2018.
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“Toy Story” debuted in 1995.
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“He always told me to add value to what I was saying,” Allen-Dick said of what acting advice her dad has given her in their joint interview with The Post. “So even if I was reading lines off of a script … that someone else wrote, I can still make it my own, which is really important for character development.”

The young actress also couldn’t help but roast her famous dad too, however. Every holiday season, the pair watch “The Santa Claus” films together — but don’t catch up on projects that don’t feature Allen.

“Every Christmas we watch all three of them,” she said. “But he also won’t watch any other Santa Claus movies other than himself.”

Tim Allen, Nancy Travis
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Amanda Fuller, Tim Allen and Molly Ephraim.
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“No, I don’t mind ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’” he teased. “But Santa Claus movies I get kind of proprietary about.”

“I can’t watch another Santa Claus movie. Especially when they’re bad Santas,” he elaborated to The Post. “I know there are people that like the ugly Santa movies but sometimes I’m like, ‘Eh, I don’t know if I like bad Santas.’ You know, dressed up with knives and stabbing. I don’t like that.”

For Allen, Scott Calvin stands out to other depictions thanks to director John Pasquin, who “added heart” to the character by showing his “emotional” side and “flaws.”

“I’m not judging other shows,” he stressed. “[But] it wasn’t just a comedy. It really put another layer onto this about his family and about what he is. And as we’ve opened up and answered the questions, it wasn’t a mistake that Scott Calvin was picked.”

Tim Allen as “The Santa Claus.”

“And that Santa, as we find out in last season, he didn’t die when he slid off the roof. He turned back in and they had decided — the legendary figures and the Santa Clause — to turn him into Santa Clause. And so it’s his personality that is necessary. You needed this guy. Christmas needed this guy. And I love all that,” he continued. “I mean, clearly, he’s pretty perfect. The actor, I was able to bring the perfection out of this guy.”

“The Santa Clauses” drops new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.

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