The evil Emperor Zurg from the Toy Story franchise isn’t the same villain audiences will be seeing on the screen in the upcoming movie Lightyear. Without spoiling any specifics, there’s been a lot of changes made to this character that portray him as a more serious threat than ever before; and screen legend James Brolin is an important part of that transformation. Though he didn’t know much about the part going in, Brolin is now able to make a hysterical comparison between his Disney/Pixar baddie and his son Josh Brolin’s Thanos from the MCU.
Lightyear’s press day was an amazing experience I was able to attend, which put me in a position to talk to some of the cast and crew behind the film. While Chris Evans had help understanding Lightyear role as the “real” Buzz Lightyear, it was stated by many of the other cast members for the project that they went into their roles blind. Knowing what he knows now about the new and improved Zurg, James Brolin shared these thoughts on how he stacks up against Thanos with CinemaBlend: