Tim Allen is talking about being sober for the past 21 years.
In a new interview with Parade, the 66-year-old actor, who will be reprising his role as the voice of the beloved animated space-ranger Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story 4”, discusses making his health and well-being a top priority.
“To be perfectly frank, I’m going on 21 years sober,” Allen, who was previously arrested for a DUI and reportedly entered a rehab facility, explains. “That’s the biggest blessing in my life.”
Revealing that he has turned his sights to meditation, he says, “I can get myself so wound up in worrying or stress and I just gotta sit still.”
When it comes to finding a positive focus, the father of two contends that standup comedy has become his “coping mechanism.”
“It always has been. I don’t really like people that much,” the “Santa Clause” star quips, noting that he prefers to keep his jokes from getting too personal. “To keep them at bay, you make jokes, and they laugh and walk away […] I’m not comfortable with what I think and feel half the time, so I don’t wanna share that.”
Meanwhile, Allen recalls the first time he watched “Toy Story” in 1995 with co-star Tom Hanks, who voices the character of Woody, explaining that the pair have become “best buddies” in real life.
Of his first-time viewing, he says, “It resonates deeper than a child’s story. It’s an adult story about friendship and acceptance.”