TOY STORY OF TERROR
When Pixar’s Toy Story of Terror! needed the perfect voice for a never-say-die action figure, producers turned to an actor who’s long been one of film’s great fighters: Carl Weathers.
As Combat Carl, the unyielding plastic commando encountered by Woody, Buzzlightyear, Jessie, Mr. Potato Head and the rest of the gang in the Halloween-themed entry, Weathers tapped his iconic image as a man of action – as Rocky Balboa’s boxing rival Apollo Creed in Rocky, the alien-fighting CIA operative George Dillon in Predator and the titular maverick super-cop in Action Jackson – to create one of the toughest toys on the block.
Initially airing last fall as a television special on ABC, Toy Story of Terror! makes its Blu-ray debut today. In an interview with Spinoff Online, Weathers recalls how he found his inner action figure (in two different play scales) and looks back on an explosive, action-packed career.
Spinoff Online: Tell me how you got into the head of both Combat Carl – and his tiny doppleganger.
Carl Weathers: Ah, Combat Carl Jr., yes! First of all, the character is such a wonderful character, as it was rendered and how he was integrated into the story, that it was, first of all, just a joy to be a part of the Pixar franchise of Toy Story of Terror! So, getting into him really wasn’t that tough, because he was so reminiscent of the movies that I really loved growing up as a kid – the war movies – and, of course, then being a part of Predator – Combat Carl just seemed like a great fit. And it was written with such charm and such humor, at the same time, and with a little bit of an edge that was just a kind of loveable gruffness and take-charge kind of quality that you just couldn’t miss the fun in Combat Carl.