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Hollywood veteran James Brolin is finally landing dream roles in his ninth decade — but not for that rugged face familiar from Marcus Welby, M.D. Says Brolin, “I got Lightyear because of Sweet Tooth,” the Netflix series about a kid who’s half human, half deer that he narrated. Now Brolin voices the villain Zurg in Pixar’s Toy Story spin-off Lightyear (in theaters June 17). He tells AARP about his new animated acting career, how it felt to almost be James Bond, and whether we’ll ever see him sharing the screen with his wife, aka Barbra Streisand.
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1. He plays Zurg, the mysterious nemesis of Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans) in the slam-dunk blockbuster Lightyear.
We’re not sure whether Zurg’s quantumly there or he’s a figment of [Buzz’s] imagination. The person who taps you on the shoulder and says, “Uh-uh, you can’t do that. I’m in charge, you’re not.” He’s a heavy.
2. He’s living his Hollywood dream.
I always said I wanted to do a Dodge truck voice-over, like Sam Elliott. I’ve had multiple agents. The sample tapes I did were pretty good, but never a hookup. Then Sweet Tooth came along. Suddenly, now I’m in business.
3. He’s feeling connected to his youth.
Us kids used to go into Westwood Village to the cartoons, three hours of Looney Tunes, Daffy Duck and Goofy. I think the actual animation — except for a movie like Lightyear — for cartoon characters was better then. Now it looks a little too computerized for me.
4. He’s not just acting; he’s developing and directing.
I literally am always doing two things at the same time, and sometimes more. Over the last four years, I directed two well-done Hallmark movies and prepped four other movies. I have one series in mind I might act in and be supported by two young, delicious supporting actors, and another thing on the history of the Medici family that’s up for sale now, and another on Joey Buttafuoco, the true story.