I don’t believe that there was ever a better fit for the voice of Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. than the fabulous Billy Crystal. But did you know that Crystal was up for another famous role way before Monsters Inc. was even a thought in the Pixar think tank?
He was asked to voice none other than the Galactic Superhero we all know and love – Buzz Lightyear! And as much as Billy = Mike for voice animation, I believe the same is true for Tim Allen = Buzz.
Crystal has said that passing on the role of Buzz was one of his “greatest regrets”, but also admits that playing the uptight yet hilarious Mike has been his all time favorite role.
So things worked out in the end, for ALL of us!