By Paige Gawley,

Tim Allen‘s return to a earlier character was not what he anticipated. ET’s Lauren Zima spoke with Allen and his “Last Guy Standing” co-star, Nancy Travis, forward of the ninth and remaining season premiere of their Fox sitcom.

During the chat, Allen opened up about taking part in both of those his latest role and a earlier job — Tim Taylor of “Home Improvement” — on an upcoming episode of “Last Guy Standing”, an knowledge the 67-12 months-aged actor termed “weird, creepy… [and] unusual.”

“It was quite peculiar to do both areas, I’ll explain to you that. It was hard for me to do each parts and type of emotional,” Allen admitted, revealing that his emotions arrived, in large aspect, because of Earl Hindman’s 2003 dying. Allen and Hindman co-starred on “Home Improvement” from 1991 to 1999, with the later on actor actively playing Wilson, Allen’s onscreen neighbor.

“I adored the man and we type of introduced that up in the story,” Allen said. “I began thinking about all the heritage I had with that Tv set present, how I look at it to my lifetime on this demonstrate. It’s all about decline, is all I saved stating in that episode.”

Apart from the emotion encompassing the loss of life of his co-star, Allen uncovered the encounter of participating in equally Tim Taylor and Mike Baxter “very difficult” for other causes as properly.

“That was the first episode again,” he explained, alluding to the show’s production pause thanks to COVID-19.  “So acquiring applied to no group, and then obtaining people direct me in a character I developed 20 years ago and then was kind of accomplished with, it [was hard].”

Allen may perhaps have identified the expertise demanding, but Travis observed it as just a different working day on set.

“It was exciting and unusual,” she mentioned of viewing Allen play two roles. “Honestly, it was Tim’s problem. I just stood by and mocked him, so it was, frankly, very easy for me.”

Allen wouldn’t spill techniques about the plot encompassing Tim Taylor’s visual appearance, but he did tease that his “Home Improvement” and “Last Gentleman Standing” figures really do not precisely see eye to eye.

“Taylor missing his Television show. Tool Time is in excess of. He experienced a neighbour that handed away. He’s now doing the job on the company aspect of Binford Equipment. That is what he does,” Allen defined. “Baxter’s helping Tim Taylor cope with change… They’re not nice to every other. They’re sort of antagonistic.”

Although psychological and hard, Allen praised the episode as staying “a terrific idea” that brought Tim Taylor “into this century, into this calendar year.”

“It’s truly intelligent what they did with it,” he mentioned of the show’s writers.

Followers of the demonstrate took to Twitter and shared their exhilaration for the exclusive episode.

While Allen was restricted-lipped about the particulars of his dual job, he did give supporters a hint of what to anticipate when “Last Male Standing” returns for its ninth and remaining season.

“By the time this airs… it will have been actually as the vaccine will take hold. We’re form of not by means of it, but the light is shiny at the stop of the tunnel,” he said of the pandemic’s part in the period. “We reference it. We keep in mind the pandemic. It’s utilized, but it’s as though our masks had just come off.”

The ninth and closing season of “Last Male Standing” airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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