The late Don Rickles passed away this past Thursday at age 90. Known for his role as Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story films, it was expected that he would return for the role. One of the best and funniest parts of the original trilogy of films, his performance will surely be missed.
Rickles’ rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the late actor did not record any new material for his role in the forthcoming film as Pixar had been brushing up the film’s script and Rickles hadn’t been invited yet to record his lines. It isn’t clear how big of a role Mr. Potato Head has in the film.
Going forward, we’re not sure how Rickles’ death will impact the film. It’s possible that the character will be scrapped entirely for the sequel, or another voice actor could be brought in. However, Pixar could potentially use some of Rickle’s previously recorded material for the film.
Details surrounding the film’s plot have been kept under wraps.
The upcoming sequel is co-directed by John Lasseter and Josh Cooley and stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, and Patricia Arquette.
Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 21, 2019.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter