As recalled by Cheat Page, Tim Allen’s stock surged as the 1980s ended, and everyone in Hollywood wanted to include him in their latest endeavors. One such suitor was the Walt Disney Company, whose then-CEO Michael Eisner enjoyed Allen’s comedy and was keen to strike a deal with him. Open to suggestions, Allen listened to Disney before quickly turning over the projects they recommended to him. What are these products, you ask? Said to be the TV versions of “Turner & Hooch” and “Dead Poets Society.”
“I think they got the wrong person,” Allen told LA time on the subject, it was revealed that Disney hopes he will play either Detective Scott Turner in “Turner & Hooch” or John Keating in “Dead Poets Society”. He added, “They just said we could get you on the air now with that, and then maybe later,” noting that he thought they were “prepared for failure.” . So he turned down their offer in hopes of getting “Home Improvement” instead, which Allen said was “dissatisfied with anyone.”
When “Turner & Hooch” and “Dead Poets Society” hit the big screen, Tom Hanks took on the role of Scott Turner, and the late Robin Williams played John Keating. Both performances were brilliant and are still remembered all these years later, like Tim Allen’s portrayal of Tim Taylor in “Home Improvement”. All things considered, everything turned out just as it was supposed to.
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