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Tim Allen Says It Was ‘Emotional’ to Reprise His Home Improvement Role on Last Man Standing

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Tim Allen is opening up about the emotional experience of reprising his Home Improvement role on Last Man Standing.

During a virtual chat with Entertainment Tonight ahead of the ninth and final season premiere of the Fox series, the 67-year-old actor spoke about how reprising the role was not at all what he expected.

Speaking candidly about playing both Last Man Standing’s Mike Baxter and Home Improvement’s Tim Taylor on the episode that aired Thursday night, the actor called the experience, “weird, creepy… [and] unusual.”

“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 said, before sharing that the 2003 death of Earl Hindman — who played Wilson, Allen’s onscreen neighbor in Home Improvement — played a part in heightening his feelings.

“I adored the man and we kind of brought

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How ‘Last Man Standing’ Got Permission to Use Tim Taylor Character for ‘Home Improvement’ Crossover

Fox’s “Last Man Standing” is going big in its final season, with an episode featuring Tim Allen in his leading role of Mike Baxter and reprising Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, the iconic character he played on ABC’s “Home Improvement” for eight seasons from 1991-1999.

The bit will come in the second episode of “Last Man Standing’s” upcoming ninth season, when Vanessa hires a home improvement repairman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Mike, who is struggling with an idea for his Outdoor Man 10th Anniversary vlog. And the idea for this epic half-hour, which airs Jan. 7 on Fox, came about because the broadcast network wanted to kick off the sitcom’s final season with something flashy.

“We had already broken the first seven episodes and our intention was to have the ‘Time Flies’ [flash-forward] be the first episode. And Fox came to us and said, ‘We’d love

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‘Last Man Standing’ star Tim Allen says filming final season was ‘horrible’ and emotional

When Tim Allen found out that his comedy series, “Last Man Standing,” was coming to an end with its ninth season, it was a bittersweet moment. 

The 67-year-old actor (who plays Mike Baxter) told Fox News that he was proud the show lasted for so long on FOX but is also understandably upset to be saying goodbye to another character.

He admitted that going to set every day was “horrible” knowing it was one day closer to the final day of production. 

“I thought it would be a good idea,” Allen revealed. “It was a terrible idea!”

TIM ALLEN ADMITS IT WAS ‘PECULIAR’ TO PLAY ‘HOME IMPROVEMENT’ ROLE ON ‘LAST MAN STANDING’

“I feel like because we show up to work going ahhhhh (“crying”) I can’t…” joked co-star and onscreen wife Nancy Travis.

She added that fans can look forward to more of the same from the

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Tim Allen admits it was ‘peculiar’ to play ‘Home Improvement’ role on ‘Last Man Standing’

Tim Allen couldn’t believe he got the chance to reprise an old role.

The 67-year-old actor told Entertainment Tonight it was “peculiar” to reprise his old “Home Improvement” role of Tim Taylor on an upcoming episode of his current sitcom “Last Man Standing,” where he plays Mike Baxter. 

Allen admitted it was “weird, creepy… [and] unusual” but he was happy he got the chance. 

“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,” he added. 

‘LAST MAN STANDING’ SEES TIM ALLEN IN ‘HOME IMPROVEMENT’ CROSSOVER FOR 9TH AND FINAL SEASON

Allen said his emotions largely came from missing his former “Home Improvement” co-star Earl Hindman, who died in 2003. The two co-starred on ABC comedy series from 1991 to 1999 with Hindman playing Allen’s neighbor, Wilson.

“I adored the man and we

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Tim Allen Reveals He Got Emotional Reprising His ‘Home Improvement’ Role on ‘Last Man Standing’ (Exclusive)

Tim Allen‘s return to a past character was not what he expected. ET’s Lauren Zima spoke with Allen and his Last Man Standing co-star, Nancy Travis, ahead of the ninth and final season premiere of their Fox sitcom.

During the chat, Allen opened up about playing both his current role and a past roleHome Improvement‘s Tim Taylor — on an upcoming episode of Last Man Standing, an experience the 67-year-old actor called “weird, creepy… [and] unusual.”

“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 admitted, revealing that his emotions came, in large part, because of Earl Hindman’s 2003 death. Allen and Hindman co-starred on Home Improvement from 1991 to 1999, with the later actor playing Wilson, Allen’s onscreen neighbor.

“I adored the man and we kind of

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Tim Allen Reprises Home Improvement Role for Last Man Standing Crossover Episode

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The Last Man Standing and Home Improvement worlds are colliding.

Tim Allen will be reprising his role as Tim Taylor from Home Improvement for a crossover episode of his current show, Last Man Standing, in which he stars as Mike Baxter. In the episode, titled in “Dual Time” and airing on Fox Jan. 7, Allen will play both dads.

The pair meet when Mike’s wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) hires a home improvement repairman who looks strikingly similar to Mike. A clip of their interaction is briefly featured in a trailer for the upcoming season of Last Man Standing.

“They call me the tool man,” Allen as Tim Taylor says to which Allen as Mike Baxter quips that he’s “a little annoying.”

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Home Improvement ran for eight seasons on ABC starting in 1991. Alongside Allen,

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