Chris Evans surprises Boston fans at ‘Lightyear’ screening


“I hope you enjoy it and become Celtics!”

Chris Evans made a surprise visit to the AMC Boston Common Theater ahead of the screening of his new movie “Lightyear.” Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Local Chris Evans fans got a big surprise Wednesday night when the actor stopped by a screening of his new movie “Lightyear” in Boston.

The Sudbury native, who plays human astronaut Buzz Lightyear who inspired the plot-centric toy in the “Toy Story” series, attended a screening of “Lightyear” at the AMC Boston Common Theater.

“I’m just here to pitch the movie,” Evans said as he entered the auditorium to applause. “I’m so excited that you’re going to see this. It’s something we’ve worked really hard on – well, other people have worked a lot harder than me – but it’s been a dream of mine for a long time.

“I’m in love with this movie,” Evans continued. “I love everything Pixar does. Hope you enjoy it and become Celtics!

Evans then moved to the back of the theater to pose for a photo with fans, who all received commemorative Buzz Lightyear toys as part of the early access screening.

Chris Evans at the Early Lightyear screening in Boston
Chris Evans poses with fans in Boston at the AMC Boston Common theater before a screening of ‘Lightyear’.

Evans has been on the interview circuit for weeks promoting the new Pixar film, which premieres Friday. In an interview with “Good Morning America,” Evans talked about how “intimidating” it was to play the role that Tim Allen originated in 1995’s “Toy Story.”

“Look, Tim Allen is Buzz Lightyear,” Evans said. “What he did in those movies is so iconic and so beloved, and I’d be silly not to incorporate some of his choices into that role.

“The character in this movie is the human version the toy is based on, so it makes sense to have a bit of overlap, luckily for me,” Evans continued. “What Tim Allen did was pretty untouchable.”


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